UN Security Council meeting on Somalia

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STORY: UN Security Council meeting on Somalia
TRT: 2:27
SOURCE: UNSOM STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS GROUP
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CREDIT REQUIRED: UNSOM STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 20/AUGUST/2020, NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES

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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

20 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
“It is of course up to the Somali stakeholders to determine a model that will guide the electoral process, nonetheless, we urge that such a model to arrive at through inclusive dialogue and compromise. It should be informed also by principles including that it must preserve the tradition of peaceful rotation in office every four years, be practically implementable, ensure far broader representation than in the 2016 model, be inclusive of women and advance progress towards the goal of one person one vote election.”

4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
“We are now witnessing a worrying upsurge in Al Shabaab attacks, particularly in Mogadishu, but also in several regions. The vicious Al Shabaab attack on innocent civilians at the Elite Hotel on August 16 was one of an increasing number of recent attacks across Somalia and is a tragic reminder of the continued imperative to improve security in Somalia. Long-term security of course includes many aspects, such as improved governance and justice systems and inclusive economic development. Yet, there unquestionably also remains a requirement for ‘hard security’ capabilities and operations to counter al-Shabaab.”
6.Wide shot, conference room

20 AUGUST 2020, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia
“The resumption of the dialogue between the Federal Government and the federal member states has the real potential to act as a catalyst for achieving critical national priorities. I’m encouraged so far that the resumption of the dialogue has already allowed for Somalis’ stakeholders at all levels to engage in frank and inclusive discussions in search of a consensual approach to the issue of elections and its modalities.”

8.Wide shot, conference room

20 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY

9.SOUNDBITE (English) Abukar Dahir Osman, Permanent Representative of the Somali Republic to the United Nations
“I want to reiterate that the Somali’s Government is strongly committed to this ambitious peace and stability agenda. And we are making it very clear, very clear strikes towards achieving inclusive politics, strengthen democracy and constructing the very rights-based national institutions that are pillars of a strong societies.”

10.Wide shot, conference room

STORYLINE

20 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY – UN Special Representative for Somalia James Swan said, “It is of course up to the Somali stakeholders to determine a model that will guide the electoral process, nonetheless, we urge that such a model to arrive at through inclusive dialogue and compromise.”

Addressing the Security Council today (20 Aug) in New York, Swan commended the leaders who participated in a meeting in Dhusamareeb this week in an effort to reach a compromise on how to proceed with the 2020-2021 elections. However, he regretted the absence of Puntland President Said Deni and Jubaland President Ahmed Islam Madobe from the important meeting.

On the electoral model, the Special Representative said, “it should be informed also by principles including that it must preserve the tradition of peaceful rotation in office every four years, be practically implementable, ensure far broader representation than the 2016 model, be inclusive of women, and advance progress toward the goal of one-person-one-vote elections.”

On security in the country, Swan said, “we are now witnessing a worrying upsurge in Al Shabaab attacks, particularly in Mogadishu, but also in several regions.”

He continued, “the vicious Al Shabaab attack on innocent civilians at the Elite Hotel on August 16 was one of an increasing number of recent attacks across Somalia and is a tragic reminder of the continued imperative to improve security in Somalia.”

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