UN, AU Envoys Say Somalia on right Path to Stability

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Top UN and African Union (AU) envoys in Somalia say the country is on the right path to stability.

Both envoys have praised the country for its progress since pulling itself out of a prolonged civil war. Despite the country’s ongoing problems with terrorist group Al-Shabaab, UN and AU officials believe Somalia’s political landscape is on the right path.

 

A peaceful and stable nation

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia, Francisco Madeira and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia Michael Keating separately commented on the recent progress made in Somalia.

“I strongly believe that Somalia is on the right path to becoming a peaceful and stable nation, where citizens enjoy freedom and contribute to the nation’s prosperity,” Madeira said in a statement over the weekend.

The Horn of Africa nation is about to celebrate its 56th year of independence. It has been a tough journey for the conflict-ridden country but the UN’s Michael Keating says it’s important to remember how far Somalia has come.

“The last 56 years have been turbulent for Somalis. Their extraordinary political journey continues. Unfortunately, insecurity remains a major problem. But Somalia continues to make remarkable progress in so many fields, political, security and economic, defying even many Somalis’ expectations,” he said.

 

AMISOM playing a vital role

Unsurprisingly, the pair also praise the role of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The UN-backed initiative was established in 2007 to aid the Somali government in ending conflict across the country.

“The joint operations conducted by AMISOM and Somali security forces, for example, have liberated large swathes of the country, which were hitherto under the control of terrorist militants Al-Shabaab,” Madeira said.

“To this end, AMISOM has so far trained thousands of police officers, who have since been deployed to various parts of the country to maintain law and order.”

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.