Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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03-Jan-2019 00:12:53
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, briefed the Security Council this morning.

He said that the country has laid the foundations to make significant progress in 2019. The plans are in place and the milestones are clear. The management of the upcoming regional elections in 2019 and the remaining political processes, particularly the review of the Constitution, will determine whether Somalia can make further progress or not, he added.

Mr. Haysom highlighted areas of progress but said that despite these positive developments, the stalemate between the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States’ leaders continued to impede concrete progress in defining the federal model, building institutions of state, and in the implementation of the National Security Architecture.

Mr. Haysom also said that the landscape was complicated by electoral processes that are currently underway in several Federal Member States. Politics is complex in any nation, he said, but in one that is still establishing its norms, institutional parameters, and still debating the roles and responsibilities of its respective governance structures, there is a risk that complexity shifts to conflict.

The Special Representative also noted that Al-Shabaab remains the biggest source of insecurity in Somalia.

Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy for Yemen, will visit Yemen and Saudi Arabia, starting this Saturday, in his latest round of consultations with the parties.

In Sana’a, he expects to meet with the Ansarallah leadership, as well as with General Patrick Cammaert and with Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande.

In Riyadh, he expects to meet with President Hadi and other officials.

Meanwhile, in Hodeidah, General Cammaert and the parties convened the second joint meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee. The cessation of hostilities in Hodeidah continues to hold.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, as of today, more than 400 people have died following the tsunami that struck the Sunda Strait region of Indonesia.
The tsunami was generated by volcanic activity at the Anak Krakatau volcano.

Nearly 3,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 33,000 people have been uprooted by the tsunami and volcanic activity.

Thousands of people from the Indonesian Government, Red Cross, NGOs and others are working to respond and are also distributing emergency supplies, such as food, water, sanitation, and blankets.

The UN and our humanitarian partners are in close contact with national authorities to provide support that may be required.

Today, we thank the Dominican Republic, the third member of this year’s Honour Roll, for paying its 2019 regular budget dues in full.
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