SOMALIA / GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

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Following the mortar attack on the UN compound on January 1st in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Isse Awad, visited the compound and met with senior UN officials on Tuesday. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
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DATELINE: 15 JANUARY, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

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1. Med shot, Zenenga and Awad, walk out of their meeting room.
2. Wide shot, Zenenga and Awad at the site of attack
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia:
“Today, we received a visit from Minister of Foreign Affairs. We are very grateful for his visit. He came here to express solidarity with us and to express his sympathy following the attack that we suffered on the 1st of January. We are very much appreciative of his visit. We appreciate the expression of support for our work. We have had a very good discussion on how to build constructive working relationship and also on the measures that are required for us to get more enhanced protection in terms of security for our staff”.
4. Pan right, delegation passing by
5. Wide shot, delegation at the site of another mortar attack
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad, Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation:
“Somali government is committed to protecting the UN and ensuring their safety and security”.
7. Zoom out, delegation walking by
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad, Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation:
“My second purpose of the visit was to express and reassure the UN leadership in Somalia and to the larger family of the UN, the support of the Somali government has for the UN family in Somalia. We are here to support and we commit to support the UN to make their life in Somalia easy to cooperate with them and to support the execution of their mandate without hindrance”.
9. Wide shot, minister in front of a door riddled with shrapnel

STORYLINE:

Following the mortar attack on the UN compound on January 1st in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Isse Awad, visited the compound and met with senior UN officials on Tuesday (15 Jan).

“Somali government is committed to protecting the UN and ensuring their safety and security” said Minister Awad during his visit to the facility that houses offices of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and a number of UN agencies, funds and programmes.

The meeting was hosted by the Officer-in-Charge of UNSOM and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga, the Head of UNSOS, Lisa Filipetto, and the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Peter de Clercq.

“We are very much appreciative of his visit. We appreciate the expression of support for our work. We have had a very good discussion on how to build a constructive working relationship and also on the measures that are required for us to get more enhanced protection in terms of security for our staff,” noted Zenenga.

Awad later toured the sites damaged by the shelling and reassured the UN of his government’s unwavering support and commitment to their safety and protection.

“My second purpose of the visit was to reassure the UN leadership in Somalia and the larger family of the UN of the support of the Somali government. We are here to support the UN, to cooperate with them and to support the execution of their mandate without hindrance,” he pledged.

Seven mortars landed inside the main UN compound in Mogadishu on the afternoon of New Year’s Day. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the indirect fire attack, which was strongly condemned by the federal government of Somalia, the UN Secretary-General, and international partners.
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