SOMALIA / SECURITY CONFERENCE

04-Dec-2017 00:03:31
A high-level security conference on Somalia today called for the “urgent development of a realistic, conditions-based transition plan” to transfer primary national security responsibility from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to the country’s own security forces. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SECURITY CONFERENCE
TRT: 03:31
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 04 DECEMBER 2017, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
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04 DECEMBER 2017, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

1. Wide shot, President Farmaajo arriving at the conference
2. Med shot, President Farmaajo at the conference
3. Wide shot, participants attending the conference
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Abdirahman Omar Osman, Minister of Information, Somalia:
“The participants agreed that the three priorities for immediate action were; one, implementation of the national security architecture; two, urgent development of the realistic conditions-based transition plan with clear target dates, to transfer security responsibility from AMISOM to Somali security forces, the completion and implementation of which will be essential to enable sustainable and predictable financing for AMISOM. This plan must be guided by the rule of law, respect for human rights and should include countering violent extremism, stabilization and governance; three, continued international support to build the capacity of Somali security forces and institutions targeted in line with needs emerging from progress on the above priorities.”
5. Various shots, participants in conference
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, United Nations:
“Somalis deserve coherent support by the international community to doing this. And I think the Comprehensive Approach to Security does provide a mechanism to bring everybody together to work with you and your colleagues to move down this pathway including in the area of financing. So, I strongly urge that we work together to achieve that, and the UN stands ready to work with you and to work with our partners to that end.”
7. Close up, Presidents of the regional states
8. Close up, Francisco Madeira and Keating
9. Wide shot, participants
10. Close up, Somalia Deputy Prime Minister
11. Med shot, Hubert Price, Peter de Clercq, and Raisedon Zenenga at conference
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo, President, Somalia:
“My government’s key strategic objective is to establish a unified, capable, accountable, integrated and right-sized Federal and member states security force, that will provide a safe environment for our citizens. We honour the sacrifices made by AMISOM forces and our international partners. We are forever indebted for their sacrifice. We are also cognizant that we must address the critical security gaps, before transitioning security operations and full responsibility to well trained, equipped and supported Somali Security Forces.”
13. Close up, Francisco Madeira
14. Wide shot, participants attending conference
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, United Nations:
“A conditions-based transition plan is now really essential. The troop contributing countries need it, and AMISOM needs it; both because they need a partner to hold territory and to work within their operational activities, but also because they cannot stay in Somalia forever and they need a horizon.”
16. Wide shot, participants leaving conference
STORYLINE
A high-level security conference on Somalia today called for the “urgent development of a realistic, conditions-based transition plan” to transfer primary national security responsibility from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to the country’s own security forces.

Speaking at the conference in Mogadishu today (04 Dec), Somali Minister of Information, Abdirahman Omar Osman, said participants agreed that the plan must be “guided by the rule of law, respect for human rights and should include countering violent extremism, stabilization and governance.”

Participants in the first high-level conference on security to be held in the capital Mogadishu included the Presidents of Somalia’s five federal member states, Prime Minister Ali Hassan Khaire, key members of the federal government cabinet, and senior representatives of the international community.

According to the communiqué at the end of the conference, participants also agreed that a process for developing such a transition plan should be concluded by the end of this month “with a view to completing a draft transition plan” before a joint review of AMISOM requested by the UN Security Council is conducted next year.

The transition should provide “affordable, accountable and acceptable forces” that are capable of providing security across Somalia.

While underlining the progress the country has made towards implementing key security reforms, Somalia’s Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo made a commitment in his keynote address to tackle critical security gaps before transferring full responsibility from AMISOM to Somali security forces.

Farmaajo said his government completed an operational readiness assessment which revealed that strengths and gaps which need to be addressed. He said the Federal Government’s “key strategic objective is to establish a unified, capable, accountable, integrated and right-sized Federal and member states security force, that will provide a safe environment” for citizens.

UN chief in Somalia Michael Keating said the UN stood ready to work with the country and international partners to address the various security challenges facing Somalia. He said Somalis “deserve coherent support by the international community to doing this” adding that the “Comprehensive Approach to Security” provides a mechanism to bring everybody together to “move down this pathway including in the area of financing.”

Keating also noted that the meeting had provided an opportunity to review the achievements of the Farmaajo Government and agree on a future list of priorities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, United Nations:
“A conditions-based transition plan is now really essential. The troop contributing countries need it, and AMISOM needs it; both because they need a partner to hold territory and to work within their operational activities, but also because they cannot stay in Somalia forever and they need a horizon.”

The security conference was convened to review progress on security sector reform and the implementation of the National Security Architecture, which was endorsed by Somalia’s federal and state-level leaders last April. Participants also called for continued international support to build the capacity of Somali security forces and institutions.
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