UNSOM / KEATING CALM DIALOGUE CALL

11-Jan-2018 00:06:05
The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has called for calm and dialogue amid reports of clashes between security forces from ‘Somaliland’ and neighbouring Puntland. UNSOM
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STORY: UNSOM / KEATING CALM DIALOGUE CALL
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2018, HARGEISA, SOMALILAND / 10 JANUARY 2018, LAAS GEEL, HARGEISA, SOMALILAND
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11 JANUARY 2018, HARGEISA, SOMALILAND

1. Wide shot, Michael Keating, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia arriving in Hargeisa to meet with the president of Somali
2. Wide shot, Michael Keating, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia shaking hands with Somaliland officials
3. Wide shot, Michael Keating, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia seating down for the meeting
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia:
“Our position is to try and reduce tensions (and) to increase dialogue very quickly between both sides, so that if there are misunderstandings, these are clarified, if there are genuine differences, then they have to be subject to immediate discussion. But resorting to military solutions and to violence is not the way to resolve these problems.”
5. Wide shot, SRSG and Somaliland official going to the podium to address journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia:
“I was very impressed and grateful to the President for his commitment, borne from his many decades of personal experience, of the importance of finding peaceful solutions to problems, and that a priority must be to try and prevent violence of any kind, whether in ‘Somaliland,’ or, indeed, between ‘Somaliland’ and others.”
7. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Saad Ali Shire, Somaliland’s Foreign Affairs Minister:
“He (SRSG) met with the President and discussed various issues including work and coordination between the United Nations and Somaliland, politics, democracy, security, the economy and humanitarian assistance. The meeting was held in an amicable atmosphere.”
8. Wide shot, journalists walking out of the podium after the presser
9. Wide shot, SRSG meeting with several cabinet ministers from Somaliland
10. Med shot, SRSG meeting with several cabinet ministers from Somaliland
11. Wide shot, SRSG meeting with several cabinet ministers from Somaliland
12. Wide shot, SRSG meeting with several cabinet ministers from Somaliland outside the Ministry of Interior
13. Wide shot, SRSG having a group photo with several cabinet ministers from Somaliland

10 JANUARY 2018, LAAS GEEL, HARGEISA, SOMALILAND

14. Wide shot, SRSG motorcade arrives at Laas Geel
15. Wide shot, SRSG walking up towards the caves and rock shelters at Laas Geel
16. Wide shot, SRSG walking towards the caves and rock shelters at Laas Geel
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia:
“One of the reasons I wanted to come here is because it’s good to be reminded that (while) the image of this part of the world is about conflict and so much despair and suffering, and yet it’s also one of the cradles of civilization.”

18. Med shot, SRSG, walking up to the caves and admiring the paintings on the cave walls
19. Med shot, locals looking on
20. Med shot, SRSG looking at the cave walls
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia:
“While it’s a resource for the world, it’s also very important for Somalis to know that they are living in a land with great history and traditions and that is changing and is dynamic.”
22. Wide shot, open field at Laas Geel
23. Wide shot, local resident seated in the foreground with SRSG looking at the cave in the background
24. Wide shot, panning shot of the cave to the SRSG taking photos with his phone
25. Close up shot, painting on the cave wall
26. Med shot, SRSG looking at the paintings
27. Wide shot, SRSG walking in the open
28. Med shot, SRSG looking at more paintings on the cave walls
29. Med shot, SRSG chatting with one of the locals at the cave
30. Med shot, SRSG taking photos of the caves
31. Med shot, SRSG seated by the cave
32. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia:
“That would suggest that the potential is indeed enormous, and not just limited to rock caves, that is because rock caves are not necessarily everybody’s cup of tea but there’s tremendous natural environment, the coast and the beaches are incredible, the potential for tourism is enormous.”
33. Med shot, SRSG descending the rocky caves
STORYLINE
The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has called for calm and dialogue amid reports of clashes between security forces from ‘Somaliland’ and neighbouring Puntland.

Speaking to reporter in Hargeisa, the capital of ‘Somaliland’ on Wednesday (11 Jan) , the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating said “our position is to try and reduce tensions and to increase dialogue very quickly between both sides, so that if there are misunderstandings, these are clarified.”

He added “if there are genuine differences, then they have to be subject to immediate discussion. But resorting to military solutions and to violence is not the way to resolve these problems.”

The UN envoy was speaking at a joint press encounter with ‘Somaliland’s’ Foreign Minister, Saad Ali Shire, after having met with ‘Somaliland’s’ President Muse Bihi Abdi – their first meeting since the latter was elected late last year.

Earlier this week, there were reports of clashes between security forces in the Sool region, part of a disputed area claimed by both ‘Somaliland’ and Puntland, located on the north-eastern tip of the Horn of Africa.

In their meeting, Keating and Bihi Abdi discussed the new government’s priorities, as well as the latest security issues.

Keating said “I was very impressed by and grateful to the President for his commitment, borne from his many decades of personal experience, of the importance of finding peaceful solutions to problems,” adding that “and that a priority must be to try and prevent violence of any kind, whether in ‘Somaliland,’ or, indeed, between ‘Somaliland’ and others.”

Addressing journalists after the meeting between President Bihi Abdi and Mr Keating, the Somaliland foreign minister Saad Ali Shire said the two delegations had discussed wide ranging issues of mutual interest.

Shire said “he (SRSG) met with the president and discussed various issues including work and coordination between the United Nations and Somaliland, politics, democracy, security, the economy and humanitarian assistance. The meeting was held in an amicable atmosphere.”

While in Hargeisa, the UN envoy also met with several cabinet ministers to discuss various topics, including education, health, security, the impact of drought and employment, and how the United Nations can best provide support in addressing humanitarian and development challenges in these areas. Similar meetings were subsequently held with civil society representatives.

Part of the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) – which Keating also heads and which has an office in Hargeisa – is to support ‘Somaliland’ efforts towards a politically stable and democratic system that adheres to the principles of good governance.

The Special Representative also visited the Laas Geel rock shelters, located an hour north-east of Hargesia, and the location of Neolithic paintings dating back several thousands of years.

Speaking to reporters, Keating said “one of the reasons I wanted to come here is because it’s good to be reminded that (while) the image of this part of the world is about conflict and so much despair and suffering, and yet it’s also one of the cradles of civilization.”

He added “so while it’s a resource for the world, it’s also very important for Somalis to know that they are living in a land with great history and traditions and that is changing and is dynamic.”

French researchers came across the site during an archaeological survey of the area in 2002, and it is considered to be one of the oldest rock art sites in Africa and the most important ancient site in ‘Somaliland.’ The paintings depict wild animals, decorated cattle and herders.

According to local authorities, up to 200 hundred visitors, from the region and abroad, make the trek to the site each month, despite access difficulties and concerns over security.

Keating said “that would suggest that the potential is indeed enormous, and not just limited to rock caves,” adding that “there’s the tremendous natural environment, the coast and the beaches are incredible, the potential for tourism is enormous.”

There have been concerns over recent years that the site’s paintings are under threat of serious deterioration from their exposure to the elements as well as local animals.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sent a team to review the site in 2016. It has made recommendations on how to best safeguard it, and is working with local authorities on putting those measures in place.
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