United States Mission To The United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
September 13, 2018
As president of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chaired a Security Council briefing on the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
“Somalia finds itself in a defining moment. For the first time in over two decades, Somalia has the real opportunity to move toward protecting itself and securing its own country. This opportunity has not been without a price. The progress towards peace and stability we have seen over the last 10 years is due in large part to the sacrifices of troop contributing countries of the African Union, as well as the contributions made by the international partners and donors. The United States honors and appreciates the sacrifices and investments from these countries. We especially pay tribute to the soldiers and family members of those killed and injured while operating in Somalia.”
“Progress on the political track is equally important in the coming months. Like the Secretary-General, the United States is concerned about tensions between Federal Member States and the Federal Government of Somalia. This tension threatens Somalia’s hard-won progress. What is needed instead is a spirit of reconciliation. We call upon the federal and state leadership to engage constructively and work to deescalate these tensions. Furthermore, we need to see progress on the constitutional review process to lay the groundwork for universal elections in 2020 and 2021.”
“A secure, inclusive, and corruption-free Somalia is possible. Political and security challenges will occur – that’s a given. But if we stay unified in our commitment toward progress, I sincerely believe we will ultimately see a prosperous Somalia where all citizens can thrive in stability and freedom.”