New  York -  September  26 ,  2012;  Secretary  General  of  the  United  Nations,  Ban  Ki-Moon, hosted a Mini Summit on Somalia at the United Nations headquarters which was attended by several  Heads  of  State  and  Government  and  Ministerial  delegations.  Among  those  in attendance were  the Chairperson of  the Commission of  the African Union, Dr.  Jean Ping, and Chairperson-Elect  Dr.  Nkosazana  Dlamini-Zuma.  The  Commissioner  for  Peace  and  Security, Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, was among the AUC delegates that accompanied Chairperson Ping and the Chairperson Elect to the Mini Summit. 

The  meeting  started  with  an  opening  remark  by  the  UN  Secretary  General,  followed  by  a statement  from President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somialia who addressed  the high  level meeting by a live video conference. 

In his statement to the Mini Summit, Dr. Ping recalled his recent visit to Mogadishu to attend the  inauguration of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, which he described as “a graceful and moving occasion.” Pointing out that the “transfer of power from former President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed was as smooth as it was inspiring, unimaginable yesterday but a reality this day” 

Chairperson Ping called on the international community to maintain the momentum that led to the  successful  completion  of  the  Roadmap  and  the  election  of  President  Hassan  Sheikh Mohamud adding that partners in support of the new dispensation in Somalia must not sit back as if the country had arrived at its final destination.  

He affirmed that the African Union will continue, notably through AMISOM, to support the Somali people and their leaders in their endeavor.  “In this respect, particular attention will be given to: the expansion and consolidation of AMISOM operations; the stabilization of activities, including delivery of quick high-impact projects; the outreach and engagement with the local populations, to build trust between AMISOM, the local communities and with the new Federal Government,” he said. 

In  order  to  accomplish  a multitude  of  objectives,  Dr.  Jean  Ping  emphasized  the  necessity  of strengthening  AMISOM’s  capacities  with  the  support  of  the  United  Nations  and  other stakeholders on the ground. He also recognized the critical role played by the people of Somalia and  the  former Transitional Federal Government  in bringing  the  transition process  to an end and applauded  the  role played by  the  Intergovernmental Authority on Development,  the East African  Community, Military  and  Police  Contributing  Countries  through AMISOM,  the United Nations,  the  European  Union,  the  League  of  Arab  States,  the  Organization  of  Islamic Cooperation,  the  United  States,  the  rest  of  the  international  community  and  other  bilateral partners, in support of the Somali peace process.


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