United Nations Special Representative to Somalia Nicholas Kay addressed the UN Security Council Thursday (September 12th), praising the progress made in Somalia but warned that "in no sense at all is the Somalia 'crisis' over".
"Where we stand is [... ] precarious. We cannot afford to lessen our focus or investment -- despite the many competing claims for our attention in the rest of the world," Kay said.
Despite the many challenges, Kay said he was optimistic about Somalia's future. Throughout the "twists and turns, the crises and the standoffs", Somalia has the foundations for progress: the international community is united behind a credible, legitimate federal government, he said.
"We are standing on the very edge of great success," he said. Kay urged the council to remain vigilant, however, stressing that the "crisis" was far from over.
"If we fail and Somalia slips back and al-Shabaab prevail, we shall feel the security impact from Bamako to Bangui, and beyond Africa. Their ideology respects no borders," he said.
In particular, Kay called on the international community to increase its support for the Somali National Security Forces, enhance capabilities for the African Union Mission in Somalia, and develop a well-resourced and coherent United Nations role in the exit strategy for the African Union forces.