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Friday, February 24, 2012

International support for Somalia's development


Ban calls for international support for Somalia's development. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the international community to heed the 'cries for peace' of the Somali people and help them overcome decades of instability and build a more stable and prosperous future.

Addressing the London Conference on Somalia, Ban said that 'an opportunity has presented itself that we cannot afford to help the people of the Horn of Africa nation end threats and instability and to realize the vision of a productive and peaceful Somalia'.

A copy of his speech, made available to PANA in New York, quoted the UN chief as stating that, 'this is a bold agenda. We have no more time to ‘wait and see’.'

He said: 'To any donors still wavering, I say: get off the fence. Help prevent another famine and offer new hope to Somalia'.

According to him: 'Somalis have shown astounding resilience in the face of extreme hardship'.

'They are ready to show the world they can rebuild their lives and their country with our support. We can do no less than answer their cries for peace,' the secretary-general noted.

Ban also called for steps to improve security, advance the political process and step up assistance for recovery, reconstruction and development.

'Ultimately, our goal is to transfer security responsibilities to the Somalis and establish sustainable, credible and indigenous security institutions in the country,” he said.

He also called on governments to provide the necessary support to both the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali forces operating alongside it.

'This will take time. We must start now,” the secretary-general added.

Ban, however, said: 'The Somalis first must agree on what security arrangements best suit their system of governance'.

'International help must be well-coordinated to support the national security and stabilization plan. As the security institutions take shape, the country needs to disarm,' he concluded.

Somalia has not had a functioning central government for the past 20 years, during which it was torn apart by factional fighting and has faced a series of humanitarian crises, the latest being a food crisis that has left more than two million Somalis in need of aid.

PANA reports that Somalia’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) are in the process of implementing a roadmap devised in September last year that spells out priority measures to be carried out before the current transitional governing arrangements end on 20 August.


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