Vietnam calls for solutions to deal with violence against civilians in Somalia

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, permanent representative of Vietnam to the UN, condemned violence and attacks targeting civilians during a UN Security Council videoconference held on February 22 to discuss the situation in Somalia and activities of the UN Assistance Mission (UNSOM).

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN. Photo: VNA

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UNSOM James Swan, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Francisco Caetano José Madeira, and Managing Director of the EU’s European External Action Service Rita Laranjinha presented reports at the event. Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud Abubakar also delivered remarks.

Speakers noted that the Government and federal member states of Somalia have made dialogue efforts to resolve disagreements over election processes, but expressed regret that these dialogues haven’t reached any agreements recently, reported VNA.

They appealed to relevant sides to soon resume negotiations and hold elections in accordance with the deal secured on September 17, 2020.

In his speech, Ambassador Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, called on the Somalia Government and federal member states to promptly resume talks and set aside differences to achieve a political agreement about the time and plan for elections.

The diplomat also showed his concern over and condemned the Al-Shabaab’s violence and attacks against civilians, urging the Somali Government to work closely with AMISOM to carry out security ensuring measures.

The local diplomat also showed his concern over regarding violence against citizens, using the platform to and condemned the Al-Shabaab’s violence and attacks against targeting the civilians, urging the Somali Government to work closely with alongside UNAMISOM to carry out measures which can ensure security ensuring measures.

He therefore recommended proposed that the UN, as well as regional and international organisations, boost aid for the country via humanitarian programmes and economic development projects. Moving forward, Somalia will continue to receive Vietnamese , while reiterating Vietnam’s support for Somalia in its efforts towards to enjoy peace, stability, and development.

James Swan, special representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UNSOM James Swan, Francisco Caetano José Madeira, special representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Francisco Caetano José Madeira, and Rita Laranjinha, managing director of the EU’s European External Action Service Rita Laranjinha, presented reports at the event.

Speakers noted that the various Government and federal member states of Somalia have made dialogue efforts to aimed at resolving disagreements over election processes. However, participants also, but expressed regret that these dialogues have so far failed to reach any agreements recently.

They therefore urged all relevant sides to soon resume negotiations and hold elections in accordance with the deal which was secured on September 17, 2020.

Some Furthermore, several participants also voiced concern over the Al-Shabaab militant group’s terrorist attacks, particularly their use of using improvised explosive devices and suicide bombings targeting which target civilians, along with and security and international forces there.

The scene of an attack in Mogadishu (Photo: AFP/VNA)

The UNSOM was originally set up in 2013 with for the purpose of assisting the peace and reconciliation process and the capacity building for the Somali Government. Since then, the UN Security Council has maintained carried out meetings every three months to in order to listen to reports on regarding the mission’s activities.They held stated that Somalia has continued to face a humanitarian crisis caused by the impact of flooding, locusts, and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), asking thereby calling upon the international community to keep maintain its assistance to the Somali assisting its Government and people to in an effort to help overcome this these challenges, said the VOV.

(vietnamtimes.org.vn)