UN urges Somali officials to address country's needs

08:27, April 27, 2010      

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The UN top envoy for Somalia on Monday called on the Horn of Africa nation's authorities to address the nation's needs.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah expressed his dismay at the current ongoing disputes in Parliament. "I am following, with great unease, the unhelpful debate about Parliamentary issues now taking place in Mogadishu. While we all recognize, once again, the need to address the question of salaries of the Parliamentarians. At the same time, I deplore the time and energy wasted on arguments which could be devoted to resolving more pressing issues at hand," he said.

The UN envoy said the Somali population's needs, security issues, and the implementation of the agreements with Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa, and with Puntland on piracy called for immediate action.

Ould-Abdallah said he was sure that the leadership of the government and Parliament will see beyond their differences and concentrate on addressing normal government tasks that affect the population, both inside and outside the country. "In this respect, I am receiving the chairman of the UN Sanction Committee on Somalia and Eritrea, the Mexican Ambassador to the UN, Claude Heller, during the visit of a delegation from the committee to the region," he said.

The UN envoy said the delegation will meet with representatives from the governments of Somalia and Kenya, other regional officials and members of the UN in accordance with their mandate. "The delegation will follow up and continue to raise the issue of impunity which has long been a devastating factor in the Somali crisis. It should be clear that sanctions apply to all who contribute through their actions to the destabilization of Somalia, " he said.

Somalia has been plagued by armed conflict since the collapse of its last functioning government in 1991 and is suffering a massive humanitarian crisis that has driven two million people from their homes.

The Islamist group al-Shabaab and other armed groups regularly fire mortar rounds indiscriminately into populated neighborhoods in the capital, Mogadishu, which is partly controlled by the Transitional Federal Government.

These often result in retaliatory mortar attacks by transitional government forces and the 5,300-member African Union Mission in Somalia, which also strike civilians indiscriminately.



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