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UN Envoy: Kismayo Capture A Turning-point In Somalia Conflict

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what is ed http://demamore.com/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/templates/default/bbpress/form-topic-split.php geneva;”>He said that Somalia was now in the process of forming the first post-transition Government, http://centreduplateau.qc.ca/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-section.php adding the security situation had vastly improved and that the fall of Kismayo – the last stronghold of the extremist Al-Shabaab insurgents – in late September, http://channelingerik.com/wp-admin/includes/menu.php marked a decisive turning-point in the conflict.

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Mr Mahiga said that the new administration in Mogadishu must now move with speed to stabilize the newly-liberated areas. The immediate challenge is to establish of local and district administrations, justice and rule of law, as well as to provide basic services to the population.

He further noted that civilian activities had to come in quickly behind military operations to establish local administrations and to provide humanitarian and development-related activities.

On the humanitarian front, he noted the persisting dire situation despite great political and security strides. He urged the international partners to sustain and expand assistance to Somalia, saying that they had a promising partner in the new Somali leadership.

Mr Mahiga also noted that the UN Political Office in Somalia, UNPOS, had begun a consultative process to review the future presence of the United Nations in Somalia. He said that this would be led by the needs and expectations of the Somalis.

This afternoon, the Security Council will hold consultations on the situation between Sudan and South Sudan.

Asked about any possible changes to the African Union Mission in Somalia, the Spokesperson said that would be a matter for the Security Council to consider.

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