SOMALIA: United Nation envoy praises government's performance

MOGADISHU (Somalilandpress) — The United Nation’s special envoy to
Somalia, Ahmadou Ould Abdallah, has congratulated the Transitional
Federal Government of Somalia [TFG] on its first anniversary and urged
it to continue with its efforts to restore peace and security in the
country.

“The president, the prime minister, the speaker of parliament and
members of the Federal Somali Parliament have all taken important
steps in the last 12 months which I have been a witness to when I
visited Mogadishu,” said Mr. Ahmadou Ould Abdallah in a statement.

“It is unfortunate that they have had to spend both time and money to
defend themselves from attacks by extremist groups who are trying to
stop them from establishing peace and security in their own country,”
said cited.

The Envoy added that the TFG has attained tangible results since it
first went to Mogadishu in February of last year [2009] in areas such
as the port, the airport, the parliament and the Isbaheysi mosque in
Mogadishu.
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He says the government despite not having been able to get major
support from the international community still managed to reopen the
Radio Mogadishu which now broadcasts new and other programmes for at
least 18 hours a day to many of the listeners that are interested in
its programmes.

“Many are now coming to the realisation that Somalia is no longer a
failed state that is in conflict, but rather a weak one that needs
substantial support in development and reconstruction. Current efforts
should not just be on the attainment of peace and security, or
politics or just humanitarian. The countries economy needs to be
revived and employment opportunities need to be created,” Abdallah
said.

The envoy also praised countries that were quick in assisting the TFG
and other regional bodies such as IGAD and the African Union whom he
said “are the ones that have provided the most support as they are
ones that are most affected by the problems in Somalia.” The envoy
added that he was hopeful the international community will show
renewed commitment in the country so that the TFG can continue with
its progress.

“Frankly speaking, one year isn’t enough time to stop the human right
violations. We are disappointed that these violations are still
ongoing. Those that are opposed to the government have attacked
students, women, and aid workers. Fighting in the country has resulted
in continued displacement and trading of human lives. However, we must
recognise the positive steps that have been taken forward,” he said.

“I would also like to acknowledge that the public and the business
community have played an important role in working towards the
attainment of peace and security in their own country. These steps
should be pursued further, ” he concluded.

Source: Somalilandpress, 15th February 2010

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