AU Special Representative re-emphasizes the need for quick re-establishment of a viable state in Somalia
Nairobi, May 30th, 2011; The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Boubacar Gaoussou Diarra says the elimination of transnational threats emanating from Somalia must be hinged on the quick re-establishment of a viable Somali State that is at peace with itself and with its neighbors.
While addressing participants at the Horn of Africa destabilizing factors and transnational threat seminar in Istanbul- Turkey, Ambassador Boubacar Diarra said the need for re-establishment of a viable state is what informs the African Union’s desired political end state in Somalia.
“What we are doing in Somalia through our security support to the Transitional Federal Institutions is to create an enabling environment for the government to effectively implement their stipulated tasks as enshrined in the Transitional Federal Charter (TFC). This will in turn enable the Somali population to determine their rights and destiny in the post-transition period. With this done, the humanitarian agencies would then be enabled to address the aspirations of the local population.” said Ambassador Diarra.
The AU Special Representative noted that in the long run, peace in Somalia and the Horn, overall, will require recognition by all actors in the region that they cannot threaten the security of their neighbors, nor can they pursue their security interests at the expense of the security of their neighbors.
“Surely, any and all effort aimed at resolving the Somali crisis must be based on a regional strategy because of the overwhelming contribution into, and impact of regional actors and regional factors, respectively in the Somali situation,” he said.
AMISOM, Nairobi, Kenya
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