Jeffrey Feltman visits Somalia, urges the people to continue reconciliation and state-building process
Somalia has been urged, by UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, to continue reconciliation and state-building process. Feltmen stated this during his visit to Somalia from 24th to 25th of August.
Feltman acknowledged the progress recorded by the Government so far, highlighting areas around job creation, infrastructure, fighting corruption, strengthening civil service among others as key.
“The political commitment of the Federal Government of Somalia to deliver results for all Somalis is impressive. These include job creation, infrastructure, fighting corruption, strengthening civil service and improving security.”
He therefore urged the Somali Government to continue addressing issues critical to successful peace building and state-building processes, including the advancement and conclusion of the constitutional review process, to advance federalism in the country.
During his visit, it is reported that, he was accompanied by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Michael Keating. Some of the highlight was his discussion with the President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, Speakers of both Houses of Parliament, the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, the Chair of the National Independent Electoral Commission, and Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson.
Mr. Feltman also emphasized the importance of strengthening accountability mechanisms to address and prevent human rights violations. “We also urge the Government of Somalia to ensure dialogue and meaningful participation of women, youth and minorities in the political and reconciliation processes,” he stated.
Commending the efforts of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali security forces in the fight against Al-Shabaab, Mr. Feltman emphasized the need to intensify efforts to develop increasingly capable Somali security forces. This will play a key role in facilitating the transition of security responsibilities from AMISOM to the Somalis, and in achieving long-term security. “The fundamental importance of the African Union support, and the role that AMISOM plays in peace-building in Somalia cannot be overstated,” Mr. Feltman stated.
Correspondent: Ridwan A Olayiwola