SOMALIA / FIRST PEACE COLLOQUIUM

12-Feb-2018 00:02:37
Over thirty experts, researchers and academicians converged at the Somali capital Sunday for the start of a three-day conference on fostering peace and national reconciliation in Somalia. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / FIRST PEACE COLLOQUIUM
TRT: 02:37
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT UNSOM
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 11 FEBRUARY 2018, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
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1. Wide shot, high ranking officials and participants present at the Colloquium on Peace and reconciliation meeting
2. Med shot, participants present at the meeting
3. Close up, Michael Keating, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia
4. Wide shot, participants present at the meeting
5. Med shot, Michael Keating, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia and Abdi Mohamed Sabriye, the Federal Minister of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation
6. Close up, a high ranking official present at the meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia:
“They have all been assembled really to share their knowledge, their experience, their expertise and to figure out how collectively that experience can be geared to the extraordinary challenge Somalia faces and that you face, which is to try and reduce the levels of violence, promote national reconciliation, local reconciliation and so on, and understand the dynamics of conflict in a way that is going to really help you and all of us and ultimately Somalis move forward.
8. Various shots, participants present at the meeting
9. Close up, a participant scribbles notes during discussions
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdi Mohamed Sabriye, Federal Minister of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation:
“To the experts here, both Somalis and non-Somalis, please consider this Ministry a partner. And I would like you to know that we intend to make good use of your effort and implement the recommendations that will come out of your deliberations over the next two days. Your years of experience and knowledge of conflict resolution and management will be beneficial to Somalia in the effort to reduce and eventually eliminate violence.”
11. Various shots, participants present at the meeting
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Vebjorn Heines, Head of Somalia Team, Norwegian Embassy:
“This initiative, in our view is exactly what has been said by the Minister, by the SRSG to give the key actors, the Government, its national partners, its international partners including the UN, to give them a body of research and recommendations that will improve the ability to prevent conflicts.”
13. Wide shot, participants present at the meeting
STORYLINE
Over thirty experts, researchers and academicians converged at the Somali capital Sunday (11 Feb) for the start of a three-day conference on fostering peace and national reconciliation in Somalia.

The first of its kind in the country, the Colloquium on Peace and Reconciliation in Somalia seeks to generate a body of research that will enhance efforts at conflict prevention and reconciliation, which are widely considered to be a prerequisite for lasting stability in Somalia.

The event is co-hosted by the Federal Government of Somalia, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the Norwegian government.

Speaking at the Colloquium, Michael Keating, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia said the experts have all been assembled to “share their knowledge, their experience, their expertise and to figure out how collectively that experience can be geared to the extraordinary challenge Somalia faces and that you face, which is to try and reduce the levels of violence, promote national reconciliation, local reconciliation and so on, and understand the dynamics of conflict in a way that is going to really help you and all of us and ultimately Somalis move forward.”

A portfolio of expert briefing papers that was prepared by organizations from within and outside Somalia will be discussed to critically examine the dynamics of conflict in the country and explore options for curbing violence. Plans are underway to publish the portfolio of papers in book form later this year.

Colloquium participants will also identify practical steps for promoting peace and reconciliation initiatives at the national and regional levels.

The federal Minister of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, Abdi Mohamed Sabriye, expressed his government’s commitment to achieve a lasting peace and welcomed the contributions of the assembled Somali and international experts to that endeavour.

He said “we intend to make good use of your efforts and implement the recommendations that will come out of your deliberations over the next two days.

Sabriye added “your years of experience and knowledge of conflict resolution and management will be beneficial to Somalia in the effort to reduce and eventually eliminate violence.”

The Head of the Somalia Team at the Embassy of Norway, Vebjørn Heines, noted that the Scandinavian country’s efforts to resolve conflict and promote reconciliation in Somalia date back to 1995 when the Norwegian government hosted a peace conference on the Horn of Africa country.

He said “all these years after, I think we still have a way to go, in order to ensure that our choices and actions are well informed.”

Heines added “this initiative in our view is exactly what has been said by the Minister and by SRSG -- to give the Government, the national partners and the international partners, including the UN, a body of research and recommendations that will improve the ability to prevent conflicts.”

The Somali and international experts and researchers have been divided into working groups that will focus on topics such as al-Shabaab, national reconciliation, and business and development.

Their recommendations will be presented on the third and final day of the colloquium.
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