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UAE calls for clear road map to help Somali people and restore peace

posted on 11/03/2011: 960 views

The United Arab Emirates has urged the international community to develop a comprehensive genuine strategy and establish a clear political and development road map capable of helping the Somali people to overcome the present predicament and restore peace, security and stability throughout the territories of Somalia.

In a statement made before the UN Security Council the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Ahmed Al-Jarman also said that such a strategy only can solve the Somalian suffering including internal political divisions, insecurity, continuing conflicts and unrest throughout the country and the displacement of more than two million Somalis so far.

Participating in a discussion on 'The Comprehensive Strategy for the Realization of Peace and Security in Somalia' Al-Jarman said that UAE is closely following up the long suffering of the people of Somalia over the past two decades.

"While we are strongly concerned about the continuation of this unfortunate situation in Somalia and its continuing threats at regional and international levels, we emphasize our strong support for all endeavours and joint efforts undertaken by the United Nations and the African Union to enable the Transitional Federal Government to continue its plan in the areas of reconciliation and fighting extremism within the framework of the Djibouti peace process. We also call on the Somali parties and their leaders in particular, to bear the primary responsibility for the restoration of peace and stability in their country", Al-Jarman said.

He continued: "In this context, we emphasize the need to develop an international comprehensive genuine strategy and establish a clear political and development road map capable of helping the Somali people to overcome the present predicament and restore peace, security and stability throughout the territories of Somalia. In the UAE, while we pledge to continue our full commitment to the United Nations resolutions, especially those imposing arms embargo on Somalia, and to the continuation of providing all forms of assistance to the Somali people to enable it addressing the urgent humanitarian crisis" Al-Jarman called for strengthening the international support for Somalia, especially in the main areas of Supporting the political process and addressing the security situation in the country, addressing the tragic humanitarian situation in Somalia and Addressing the growing phenomenon of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast.

The support in the political process requires supporting efforts aimed at establishing political dialogue among all Somali parties and entities, including within the transitional federal institutions, and the groups remaining outside the framework of the Djibouti peace process, in order to encourage these groups to join this process and secure the cessation of all acts of violence in the country, including acts of extremism as well as the other acts targeting the humanitarian workers there, Al Jarman said.

Addressing the tragic humanitarian situation in Somalia requires the international community to strengthen its humanitarian, financial and economic support to the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia, in order to enable it to face the repercussions of the drought affecting the country and implement the reform, rehabilitation and recovery programs of the Somali economy aiming at reconstructing Somalia and creating legitimate alternative sources of income as a substitute for hostilities and piracy activities, which currently attract hundreds of the Somali young people. Here, we wish to refer to the humanitarian assistance provided recently by the UAE to Somalia represented in 149 tonnes of food, hoping that all States will undertake similar humanitarian initiatives to alleviate the current plight affecting people in Somalia, Al Jarman stressed.

The growing phenomenon of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, whose threats to the movement of international navigation and trade, including the movement of humanitarian assistance to the African continent, have exceeded international efforts made so far to combat it, and even resulted in huge annual financial losses of U.S. $ 12 billion according to the reports of the International Bureau of Navigation. Therefore the UAE, one of the affected countries and an active supporter for the Contact Group on Piracy off the Somali Coast and its four working groups, calls upon the international community to develop a holistic and long-term strategy capable of fighting and eliminating this phenomenon completely, and bringing to justice those who are responsible, involved in or facilitating acts of piracy, in order to ensure the total prevention and cessation of these acts. In this context, we support the options and recommendations contained in the recent report of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy on this issue, stressing in this context those anti-piracy efforts must be an integral part of the overall strategy for the Djibouti peace agreement, Al Jarman underlined.

"My country, which hosted in the past a number of forums on combating sea piracy, hopes that the high-level conference scheduled to be held in Dubai during the period from 17 to 19 April under the title (Global Threat, Regional Responses: Forging a Common Approach to Maritime Piracy), will contribute to supporting and strengthening current international efforts aimed at combating this phenomenon", he said.

Al Jarman concluded reiterating UAE's position calling for the full respect of the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Somalia in any international or regional efforts undertaken for restoring the security, stability and prosperity in this country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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