6 March 2013

Somalia: Statement By Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, On the Adoption of UNSCR 2093 On Somalia, March 6, 2013

Photo: Stuart Price/UN
A soldier stands over weapons seized from suspected members of Al Shabaab (file photo).

Today, the UN Security Council sent a clear signal of support to the new Somali Government.

Resolution 2093 answers President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed's call for "one door to knock on," by unifying UN development and humanitarian work under the UN Special Representative's direction. It also aligns UN support to assist the Somali Government in delivering services to its citizens.

Importantly, in recognition of the Somali government's progress, the Security Council has agreed to suspend the arms embargo on the government of Somalia while providing safeguards to ensure responsible development of the security sector and leaving the ban on Al Shabaab and other terrorist and extremist groups in place. We will continue to work to support the Government of Somalia as they endeavor to turn the page on two decades of civil war by maintaining recent progress and working closely with regional and international partners to improve the lives of all Somalis.

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