Security Council: Statement by Ambassador Wittig on Somalia

Oct 16, 2012

(Security Council: Statement as delivered by Ambassador Wittig in an Open Debate on Somalia)

Mr. President,

Let me start by joining previous speakers in thanking the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Augustine Mahiga, for his briefing. Let me also thank him for his efforts in the past years in support of Somalia. We commend the role of him and his team which they played in moving the political process in the country forward – and crossing the critical threshold that paved the way for a brighter future for Somalia.

I would like to focus on three points today – the political situation in Somalia, AMISOM and eventually the upcoming Strategic Review.

Germany strongly welcomes the completion of the transition. We congratulate the authorities and the people of Somalia on the peaceful conduct of the process, and I pay tribute to all the signatories of the Roadmap for their contribution to the successful conclusion of the transition.

The creation of a new Parliament, the election of a new Speaker and the election of a new President are landmarks in Somali history. Now, Somalia must focus on stabilization, reconciliation and building sustainable and accountable institutions, based on the respect for human rights. The Somali people needs to see a peace dividend after decades of civil war and massive destruction.

During the Mini-Summit on Somalia that took place in the margins of the General Assembly three weeks ago, we listened carefully to the priorities of President Hassan Sheikh. We think that these priorities – security and peacebuilding to begin with – are rightly chosen.

President Hassan Sheikh can be sure of the continued support by the international community. My country will carry on playing its part in these efforts, particularly within the European Union and through the United Nations.

Mr. President,

The success we are celebrating would not have been possible without the critical contribution of the African Union’s Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, which provided for the security environment for the political process to make headway.

Let me reiterate our appreciation for AMISOM and what it has achieved under very difficult circumstances. AMISOM deserves our full political support but also -amongst others - sustainable and predictable financing. It should also be supported by initiatives with regard to capacity building of the Somali Security Forces. Eventually, the Somalis should be in the position to provide for peace and security in their country on their own.

In this context, let me reiterate that the European Union supports the Somali security sector through the European Union Training Mission. Since the beginning in the year 2009, my country has been actively participating in this mission. Several thousand Somali soldiers trained by the EU Training Mission continue to play a crucial role in improving security jointly with AMISOM. Security remains key for any progress and all efforts by partners in the security sector should be coordinated and take into account the lessons learned.

The achievements of AMISOM and its partners in the field of security must also translate into political progress and improvements in the economic and social situation of the Somali people. This is foremost a task for the Somalis themselves but the international community stands ready to support.

Mr. President,

Finally, the ongoing assessment and the Strategic Review of the UN presence for Somalia are welcome in order to further stabilize and consolidate the peace in Somalia. We believe that the challenges Somalia is facing need a joint approach, a sound and coherent strategy and a clear division of labour.

Let me assure you that Germany continues to stand by Somalia and its people.

I thank you, Mr. President !

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