Thank you, Madam President. Let me thank SRSG Swan for her briefing և We look forward to hearing from Special Representative Madeira.
Today I will focus my speech on three topics: Somalia’s presidential election, security, and the humanitarian situation.
The United Kingdom welcomes the end of the May 15 presidential election and warmly congratulates Hassan Sheikh Mohammad on his election. While the representation of women in parliament was again below 30%, we welcome the historic election of Sadia Yassin Haji as Somalia’s first female Vice President.
The end of the electoral process provides an opportunity to end political uncertainty, to refocus on issues of urgent national importance by addressing the threat posed by al-Shabab, to maintain fiscal stability, to implement constitutional reforms, and to respond to the devastating drought. The United Kingdom stands ready to support the Government of President Hassan Sheikh’s government in its efforts to encourage all Somali leaders to work together in a spirit of reconciliation and cooperation.
With regard to security, we thank ATMIS for ensuring security during the elections and condemn al-Shabab’s persistent attempts to disrupt the process. We extend our condolences to the victims of the May 3 al-Shabab terrorist attack on the ATMIS military base in Burundi.
The continuing threat posed by al-Shabaab underscores the need for a new government to secure broad political agreement on a national security architecture that is effective, accessible, facilitates a sustained transition to Somali-led security while exerting pressure on al-Shabaab. Shabab. The United Kingdom will continue to work with the Federal Government of Somalia, as well as other international partners, to achieve this.
Madam President, as we have heard, the effects of the drought are alarming. Somalia is increasingly likely to starve, despite our collective commitment that it will never happen again. More resources: Collective action needed if we are to prevent famine in Somalia. The British’s African Affairs Minister has announced an additional $ 31 million in response to the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, up from $ 25 million already allocated this year.
As we celebrate recent developments in Somalia, we must not overlook the work that is still needed to ensure that the situation continues to move forward peacefully. We look forward to President Hassan Sheikh կառավարության working with his government to bring peace, stability and prosperity to Somalia for the benefit of all Somalis.
The end of the Somali election process allows us to refocus on issues of urgent national importance.
SourceThe end of the Somali election process allows us to refocus on issues of urgent national importance.