Security Council Approves Mandate Extension for UNSOM As Farmaajo Asks Help To Avert Famine
The United Nations Security Council on Friday Unanimously adopted resolution 2346 (2017) extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) until 16 June. The 15-member Council noted that a review of the United Nations presence in Somalia had been deferred until the end of the electoral process. Michael Keating the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) warned against a looming famine in Somalia facing some 6 million people. “Had the recent parliamentary and presidential elections not delivered a result accepted as legitimate, drought response efforts would be much more difficult.” Keating said in a briefing. “Somalis have made history and set a great example to countries emerging from conflict,” he said adding that It was time to use that goodwill to build a functional and inclusive federal State to tackle the socioeconomic, structural and political issues that made millions of Somalis vulnerable to drought and insecurity. Speaking via teleconference President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo said the recent electionshad ended peacefully and democratically. Farmaajo said, more than half the population faced food shortages and 15 per cent of Somalis were facing famine which the country jas declared a national disaster “Your support and generosity will be noted, not only by the Somali people, but by history,” he declared. He asked for efforts to be redoubled. On security front he said Al-Shabaab had been weakened with assistance from Amisom and UNSOM "The only way to protect Somalia was to fully support its army and police .This is our goal and we will achieve it with your support,” he asserted. Francisco Caetano José Madeira Special Representative and Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia agreed the security situation had greatly improved thanks to Amisom and Somalia Army and Police nd to people’s need. He noted that Alshabaab had lost 80 percent of ots territory while Somali economy experienced a boom . "more must be done to ensure the security of liberated communities. Somali soldiers must be screened, equipped, paid and given command over how to effectively face the enemy" Madeira said In the meeting Japan Government announced it had extended $26 million in emergency humanitarian assistance, with $8.5 million directed to Somalia.