21 November 2012

Somalia: Puntland Government Meets With UN Delegation to Discuss UN Strategy

Garowe, Somalia — Puntland President, Vice President and Cabinet Ministers met UN Officials from every UN agency working in Puntland to discuss and review the UN's mandate in Somalia, Garowe Online reports.

Puntland state President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole and Vice President Abdisamad Ali Shire and 15 Cabinet Ministers met with 19 officials of the different UN agencies that work in Puntland to review the UN's strategy in Somalia, that could lead to a possible amendment of the mandate of the UN in Somalia.

Some of the UN officials who met with the Puntland President were, Harmut Hesse Special Representative of the Secretary General for Maritime Security and Antipiracy, Gen. Maritz du Toit Chief Standing Police Capacity and Ms. Hasmik Egian UNPOS Chief of Staff.

A report by UN Secretary General on Somalia issued In August, discussed the need for an inter-agency review of the UN presence in Somalia.

In the report it discussed the reconstruction and development program (RDP) - a 5 year strategy for Somalia involving national recovery, reconstruction and development priorities - and its December 2012 expiry date.

The officials discussed the end of the transition in Somalia, it's political and security achievements and areas that needed to be improved.

The UN Security Council determined that due to political and security changes in Somalia during the past years that its mandate on Somalia needed to be reviewed.

During the talks the officials discussed the end of the transitional government period in Somalia which lasted for 8 years and the New Federal Government of Somalia.

President Farole stated that although Somalia's government has came a long way and that it has achieved tangible results it was still in the stages of transition and needs support from all sides to solidify the end of the transition.

"It would be a lie to say that Somalia is not in a transition; the newly elected Federal Government of Somalia jointly with the UN need to work on effectuating the benchmarks that have been agreed on for Somalia to move out of the transition state," said President Farole.

Continuing the President added that it is fundamental to adhere to the Provisional Somali Constitution that promotes federalism.

Similarly, Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with a UN delegation in Mogadishu this week.

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