President thanks UNSOM for dedication to building peace and prosperity in Somalia.

Asad Cabdullahi MataanBy Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

The President today marked the one-year anniversary of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM) and acknowledged the UN Security Council’s renewal of UNSOM’s mandate for another year.

He paid tribute to the work of the United Nations and the leadership of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, saying, “The UN has always been a good friend- working with us to build a stable, flourishing Somalia. We value UNSOM’s role in coordinating the full range of UN assistance: from delivering life-saving humanitarian aid; to helping to transform and build our security and justice institutions; to advancing a human rights-led development agenda, to supporting our progress in building a robust, transparent public financial management system; and galvanising support behind Vision 2016 to establish a federal nation, the Constitution and deliver general elections in 2016.”

He acknowledged that the Federal Government of Somalia has set an ambitious agenda for 2014 and reminded all that political stability, wherein all work together according to their mandate, is critical to success.

“We value the ongoing support of the UN and other international partners in fulfilling their part of the development partnership. We look forward to continuing to work together with SRSG Nick Kay and UNSOM, as we move closer towards our common desire for peace and prosperity in Somalia,” The President concluded.