Zampolpreda of the Russian Federation to the UN in Somalia it is necessary to intensify the fight against Al-Shabab


UN, 10 November. /Corr. Oleg Zelenin/. The tense situation in Somalia requires the intensification of armed struggle with terrorist group “Al-Shabab” through the capacity building of the security forces of the country and operating in the African Union mission. This was announced on Monday by first Deputy permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Pyotr Ilyichev.

“We believe that the tense political and military situation in Somalia requires the intensification of armed struggle with Al-Shabab through strengthening the capacity of the African Union mission in Somalia and Somali security forces, which in turn dictates the need to increase them further, particularly through logistical support from the UN,” – said the diplomat at a meeting of the Security Council of the world organization.

The Russian Federation is concerned about the growing activity of Al-Shabab in Somalia, as well as coordination of the actions of the extremists of this group with other terrorist organizations in Africa is a Nigerian “Boko Haram”, Sahara-Sahel, “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Ansar al-DIN,” said Ilyichev. In addition, he drew attention to the increasing attacks Al-Shabab in neighbouring Somalia States, particularly in Kenya, and threats of militants to Ethiopia and Djibouti.

At the meeting of the security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution providing for the review of the activities of the Office of the United Nations to support the African Union Mission in Somalia. The document decides to rename it to the Office of the United Nations support in Somalia (UNSAS) and tell him to support the AU mission (AMISOM), assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the Somali national army conducting joint operations with AMISOM.

As stated at the security Council meeting the UN special representative to Somalia Nicholas Kay, in recent years, Somalia has managed to embark on a path to recovery, but further progress of the country very dependent on international support. “The decline in volumes will crush the hopes of millions of Somalis, would endanger peace and security in the horn of Africa and in East Africa, encourage extremism on a global scale and threatens to cause a new wave of refugees,” he warned.

In turn, the chief of the office of the UN Secretary-General Susana Malcorra has reported that currently 3.2 million Somalis are totally dependent on humanitarian assistance. According to her, the increase in the number of crises in other parts of the world attention to the situation in Somalia is decreasing and UN programme to assist the country are faced with chronic shortage of funding.