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Big in Bosaso: EU NAVFOR Admiral Simi meeting key leaders | Coastweek

BOSASO Somalia (EU NAVFOR) -- EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta Force Commander Rear Admiral Armando Paolo Simi has met with various key leaders in Bosaso. Among the authorities with whom R. Adm. Simi met were representatives from the Puntland Ministry of Maritime Transport, Ports and Maritime Crime Prevention, EU NAVFOR sister mission EUCAP Somalia, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Puntland Maritime Police Forces (PMPF) and the Bossasso Port Maritime Police Unit (BP-MPU). The aim of the meetings was to get the new Force Commander acquainted with The Minister of Maritime Transport, Ports and Maritime Crime Prevention, Mohamed Abdi Osman, and to continue the existing relationship between EU NAVFOR and Puntland authorities. Meanwhile, the crew on board the ITS Marceglia provided local maritime capacity building training to the BP-MPU. PHOTOS - EU NAVFOR

African Union Commission Special Envoy Ambassador
Abdoulaye Diop in Somalia to boost peace keeping aim

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The African Union Commission special envoy Ambassador Abdoulaye Diop is visiting Somalia to evaluate the work of the AU mission and boost peacekeeping efforts.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Diop, who arrived in Mogadishu on Wednesday, will spend two days in the country evaluating the work of AMISOM with a view of scaling up support.

"The AU Chairperson sent me as his special envoy. I am here to express solidarity with the government and people of Somalia," he said during a meeting with the head of AMISOM Francisco Madeira on Wednesday evening.

The AU mission said in a statement after the meeting that Diop who also serves as Chief of Staff to the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will also will hold talks with the Somali government officials.

Diop met AMISOM staff from the civilian, military, and police components on the mission’s programs and activities and saluted entire AMISOM leadership for the exemplary contributions to peace and security in Somalia.

"I am pleased to have this opportunity, my first visit to Somalia and interaction with all the components of AMISOM," said the AU special envoy.

He lauded the government for the tremendous progress made in the country, and pledged continued support of the pan African body.

"The AU appreciates the progress made in Somalia and as a union, we will do our best to support the efforts of the government," he added.

Diop also paid tribute to the African Union troops and the Somali security forces that have died in the pursuit of peace and stability in Somalia.

"They paid the highest price for peace to prevail in a sensitive and strategic region of Africa," Diop said after laying a wreath at the monument in honor of the fallen troops.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

United Nations envoy underscores severe humanitarian situation in Somalia

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- The UN envoy for Somalia on Wednesday said the country faces one of the world’s most protracted humanitarian crises in the world.

James Swan, UN secretary-general’s special representative for Somalia, told the Security Council that currently, about 2.2 million Somalis are facing acute food insecurity.

In addition, he said some 2.6 million Somalis are internally displaced, fleeing conflict and drought.

The United Nations and the Somali government issued a drought impact response plan requesting 686 million U.S. dollar, he said, but only 350 million dollars has so far been secured.

The UN envoy called on the member states of the world body to "urgently resource this plan."

Somalia’s overall Humanitarian Response Plan for 2019, requiring 1.08 billion dollars, had only been 22 percent funded by early June.

The Horn of Africa country suffered a heavy toll from two major famines in 1992 and 2011 caused by drought and exacerbated by conflict.
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World should help Somalia strengthen governance capacity: Chinese envoy

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- A Chinese UN envoy on Wednesday said the world should continue to help Somalia strengthen its governance capacity.

Wu Haitao, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said despite recent progress, the overall situation in the Horn of African country remains relatively complicated, and peace and stability are facing challenges.

Wu called on the international community to help improve the federal mechanism and the relationships between the federal government and the governments of federal member states.

All federal member states of Somalia should, in the spirit of cooperation, respect and safeguard the authority of the federal government and jointly realize national peace, stability and development, he said.

In addition, Wu said the world should continue to help Somalia strengthen its security capacity building.

All international partners should strengthen coordination and form synergy to help the Somali government implement the transition plan, so as to transfer the security tasks of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to the Somali security forces, he said.

The United Nations and the international community should provide stable, predictable and sustainable financial support to AMISOM to help the troop contributing countries improve their capacity building to combat terrorism more effectively.

Moreover, the Chinese envoy said the world should continue to increase support for humanitarian aid and economic and social development in Somalia.

Cautioning the humanitarian assistance has gaping gaps, he called on the international community to further increase assistance and help Somalia achieve social and economic development, thus solving the root causes of the conflict and providing guarantee for the long-term stability of Somalia.

Over the past three months, Somalia has engaged in national reconstruction, making progress in political, economic and security fields. It is also preparing for the 2020 general election.

UN secretary-general’s special representative for Somalia James Swan said Wednesday that the national electoral cycle offers an opportunity to advance the process of democratization for the country.
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Foreign envoys urge Somali state to agree on single electoral process

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Foreign envoys on Wednesday urged all stakeholders in southern Somali state of Jubaland to reach agreement on a single electoral process that is credible, inclusive, fair and peaceful ahead of the Thursday’s events.

The envoys from 13 countries including the United States, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, among other blocs, expressed concern that in the absence of such agreement, the possibility of instability and division within Jubaland is significantly increased.

"Ahead of the planned events on August 22, 2019, we call on all stakeholders to avoid any actions that could cause violence," said the envoys in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.

They welcomed the efforts of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to create a secure environment in Jubaland, and encourage coordination between the forces on the ground.

"We urge all stakeholders to act with restraint, wisdom, and statesmanship," said the envoys, noting that maintaining peace and stability in Jubaland is crucial not only for the people of this Federal Member State but also to enabling further progress on Somalia’s national political, security, economic and development priorities.

According to the schedule, after the conclusion of the selection process of the lawmakers, the state assembly will cast votes for the state president who will become the second one since the Jubaland Administration was formed in 2013.

The incumbent president, Ahmed Madobe, is seeking to retain his seat but faces very stiff competition from six other presidential candidates, some of whom are backed by the national government.
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African Union and United Nations seek peaceful, credible polls in Somali state

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The African Union and UN have called for peaceful and credible elections in Jubaland, southern Somalia, saying the polls slated for Aug. 24 are critical for the country’s stability.

Senior representatives from African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the UN reiterated the need for a single, agreed electoral process which is according to the Jubaland Constitution and consistent with the federal Provisional Constitution.

"They urged all parties to refrain from any acts of violence or intimidation," said the envoys in a joint statement issued on Thursday evening after visiting the port town of Kismayo, the interim capital of Jubaland administration.

The delegation traveled to Kismayo to engage with stakeholders on Jubaland’s ongoing electoral process, which is expected to culminate in the election by the State Assembly of the State President.

The delegation urged all stakeholders to address disagreements through dialogue and ensure public confidence in a process that would be accepted as credible and fair.

According to the schedule, after the conclusion of the selection process of the lawmakers, the State Assembly will cast votes for the state president.

The incumbent president, Ahmed Madobe, is seeking to retain his seat but faces stiff competition from six other candidates, some of whom are backed by the national government.
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FURTHER READING:

Big in Bosaso: EU NAVFOR EU NAVFOR Somalia 'Operation Atalanta'
Force Commander Rear Admiral Armando Simi meets with key leaders

             

 

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