SOMALIA / SECURITY

26-Apr-2018 00:03:37
Efforts to advance Somalia’s progress on the security front were the key topic at a high-level meeting of Somali authorities and international partners in the country’s capital today. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SECURITY
TRT: 03:37
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNSOM
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 APRIL 2018, MOGADISHU SOMALIA

SHOT LIST:

1. Wide shot, a meeting on Comprehensive Approach to Security held in Mogadishu
2. Med shot, Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister speaking at the meeting
3. Med shot, members of the federal parliament listening at the meeting
4. Close up, Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) ministers attending the meeting
5. Med shot, international partners listening
6. Wide shot, FGS and United Nations officials taking notes
7. Med shot, Christine Alalo, Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner; Lisa Filipetto, Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and Lucien Vermeir, UNSOM Police Commissioner at the meeting
8. Wide shot, participants at the meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia:
“The reforms that we are undertaking are not just, and I said it last time when we were here, they are not just to meet benchmarks on our pathway to debt relief. But they are a necessary path we need to take to rebuild our nation and attain our vision of a stable and prosperous Somalia.”
10. Close up, Michael Keating, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia
11. Close up, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia
12. Med shot, Ambassadors of Turkey, Britain and United States of America to Somalia at the meeting
13. Wide shot, participants at the meeting
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia:
“The transition plan focuses on a number of key elements. First, it stresses local delivery as key component for success. Second, the plan outlines the necessary supporting activities in recognizing that there is no purely military solution to our problems. And finally, the plan places great emphasis on institutional capacity building.”
15. Med shot, SRSG Michael Keating speaking at the meeting
16. Close up, a member of the federal parliament listening
17. Close up, Raisedon Zenenga, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (DSRCC) for Somalia taking notes
18. Close up, His Excellency Qin Jian, China’s Ambassador to Somalia taking notes
19. Med shot, European Union and Swedish Ambassadors at the meeting
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia:
“Success in moving forward is going to depend upon real subscription by each of these three groups to the transition plan. And as you’ve said, there is a way to go about it, but good progress has been made already. But ultimately, getting those constituencies, the most important of those three constituencies is the Somali one.”
21. Wide shot, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia speaking at the meeting
22. Close up, Christine Alalo, Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner and Lucien Vermeir, UNSOM Police Commissioner listening
23. Wide shot, participants listening
24. Med shot, Lisa Filipetto, Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) listening
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia:
“We need to know when is the money that is going to buy the enablers, the multipliers, the barracks, the cars for the SNA (Somali National Army), the food for the non-AMISOM 10,900 (personnel) is coming.”
26. Med shot, SRSG Michael Keating and Hassan Ali Khaire, FGS Prime Minister taking notes
27. Close up, Kenya’s Ambassador to Somalia, Lucas Tumbo, taking notes
28. Close up, participants listening
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Rondos, European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa:
“Now we have to translate ideas and plans on the security side into practice.”
30. SOUNDBITE (English) David Concar, British Ambassador to Somalia
“We the UK are providing 2 million pounds’ worth of equipment, earthmoving equipment, road clearers, trucks and so on. In the presence of this plan, this is a contribution to enabling an MSR (Main Supply Route) to be cleared and protected.”
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General (Retired) Lucas Tumbo, Kenyan Ambassador to Somalia:
“Now that we are on the implementation phase, it’s important to be realistic and practical that the implementers must make sure the resources are properly matched, and we have the implementation matrix of the transition.”

STORYLINE:

Efforts to advance Somalia’s progress on the security front were the key topic at a high-level meeting of Somali authorities and international partners in the country’s capital today (26 Apr) with all involved highlighting the need for continued momentum on the implementation of the so-called Comprehensive Approach to Security (CAS).

The CAS executive group meeting was attended by representatives of the Federal Government of Somalia, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and international partners, and chaired by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire.

At the meeting’s opening, the Prime Minister told participants that much had been achieved since last December’s Somalia Security Conference in developing a transition plan that will eventually give primary responsibility for the country’s security to Somalia’s own security forces.

“The transition plan focuses on a number of key elements. First it stresses local delivery as a key component for success. Second, the plan outlines the necessary supporting activities in recognizing that there is no purely military solution to our problems,” said Mr. Khaire. “And, finally, the plan places great emphasis on institutional capacity building.”

The Prime Minister also reaffirmed Somalia’s commitment to undertake reforms needed to move the country forward.

“The reforms that we are undertaking are not just to meet benchmarks on our pathway to debt relief,” he said. “They are a necessary path we need to take to rebuild our nation and attain our vision of a stable and prosperous Somalia.”

Representing UNSOM at the gathering, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, said that the success of the transition plan depended on its endorsement by three constituencies – the Somalis, AMISOM and international partners.

“The most important of those three constituencies is the Somali one,” Mr. Keating added.

The UN envoy also flagged that the transition plan is on the UN Security Council’s agenda, and he urged international partners to back the plan.

The African Union’s Special Representative for Somalia, Francisco Madeira, echoed Mr. Keating’s appeal to the international community to provide funding to the transition plan and prepare the Somali National Army (SNA) and other national security forces to replace AMISOM as the primary guarantors of the country’s security.

“We need to know when the money that is going to buy the enablers, the multipliers, the barracks, the cars for the SNA is coming,” said Mr. Madeira.

At the end of today’s meeting, participants formally adopted a transition plan for security responsibilities ahead of a high-level conference on Somalia’s security that is scheduled to take place in Brussels next week.
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