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In his final briefing to the Security Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, said the threat that “Al Shabaab and other extremists will derail progress” remains as the top challenge for the country. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

13 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM):
“First is the risk that Al Shabaab and other extremists will derail progress. Despite the success of AMISOM and Somali security forces in containing Al Shabaab, it remains resilient. It is regularly using targeted assassinations, improvised explosive devices and extortion both of communities and businesses, including in Mogadishu and other towns.”
5. Med shot, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM):
“Second is the risk that political differences will bring progress, passage of key legislation, and implementation of the government s reform and security agenda, to a grinding halt. The deficit of trust between central government and federal member states, and the recent decision by the latter to suspend cooperation, are very worrisome.”
7. Wide shot, Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the African Union for Somalia and Head of the AU mission in Somalia:
“Progress in Somalia has never been easy and cannot be taken for granted. The government is operating in an unstable environment, using very fragile tools and managing extremely weak institutions. Peace dividends, accumulated as a result of sustained efforts by the Somalis and their partners are constantly threatened and hampered by mistrust, clan dynamics, extremist ideological narratives, divisive politics, insurgency, and unregulated competition for power and resources, violent extremism and vicious Al Shabaab activities.”
9. Med shot, Keating
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
“This Security Council must and can stand with the federal and state governments in their efforts at advancing gender equality, often against the objection of powerful clan-based authorities. The voices of women of Somalia and other minorities must be heard; they must be on the tables where decisions are being taken, because Somalia still remains one of the countries with some of the worst conditions for women and girls.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Abukar Osman, Permanent Representative of the Federal Government of Somalia to the United Nations:
“The Federal Government of Somalia continues to believe that inclusive politics and legitimate governance is the basis for all other progresses in Somalia. The path to achieving this is not always smooth, and in recent weeks the divergent opinions and views of the various levels of government in Somalia have been evident as we debate the future shape of our governance, the federalism structures, and how the responsibilities of different levels of government will be allocated and resourced.”
13. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

In his final briefing to the Security Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, today (13 Sep) said the threat that “Al Shabaab and other extremists will derail progress” remains as the top challenge for the country.

Keating who will step down as the Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) at the end of the month, said that “despite the success of AMISOM and Somali security forces in containing Al Shabaab, it remains resilient. It is regularly using targeted assassinations, improvised explosive devices and extortion both of communities and businesses, including in Mogadishu and other towns.”

Another issue facing the government, he said, is that “political differences will bring progress, passage of key legislation, and implementation of the government s reform and security agenda, to a grinding halt.”

Keating said, “the deficit of trust between central government and federal member states, and the recent decision by the latter to suspend cooperation, are very worrisome.”

Other major risks, he said, include fragmentation in the international community and the prospect of
humanitarian catastrophe.

Briefing the Council via teleconference, the Special Representative of the African Union for Somalia and Head of the AU mission in Somalia, Francisco Madeira, said “progress in Somalia has never been easy and cannot be taken for granted.”

Madeira said “the government is operating in an unstable environment, using very fragile tools and managing extremely weak institutions. Peace dividends, accumulated as a result of sustained efforts by the Somalis and their partners are constantly threatened and hampered by mistrust, clan dynamics, extremist ideological narratives, divisive politics, insurgency, and unregulated competition for power and resources, violent extremism and vicious Al Shabaab activities.”

In her briefing, the Head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said the Council “must and can stand with the federal and state governments in their efforts at advancing gender equality, often against the objection of powerful clan-based authorities.”

Mlambo-Ngcuka said “the voices of women of Somalia and other minorities must be heard; they must be on the tables where decisions are being taken, because Somalia still remains one of the countries with some of the worst conditions for women and girls.”

For his part, Somali Ambassador, Abukar Osman, said the government of Somalia “continues to believe that inclusive politics and legitimate governance is the basis for all other progresses in Somalia.”

Osman said, “the path to achieving this is not always smooth, and in recent weeks the divergent opinions and views of the various levels of government in Somalia have been evident as we debate the future shape of our governance, the federalism structures, and how the responsibilities of different levels of government will be allocated and resourced.”

Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday (12 Sep) announced the appointment of Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia. He will succeed Keating effective 1 October 2018.
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