Y.B. Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman undertook a working visit to New York to participate in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on the situation in Somalia on Monday, 9 November.
The meeting was chaired by His Excellency Mr. Phillip Hammond, the British Foreign Secretary and held under the presidency of the United Kingdom which is currently presiding over the UNSC (November 2015).
During the meeting, Council members heard briefings by Ms. Susanna Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General (H.E. Mr. Ban ki-Moon), Mr. Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, His Excellency Ambassador Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union and, His Excellency Mr. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, Prime Minister of Somalia.
The UNSC meeting on Somalia took place against the background of marked developments and overall improvement of the situation in the country on which the Council has long been seized. The meeting adopted resolution 2245 which was a landmark decision of the Security Council concerning the provision of delivery of UN support and assistance to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Somali national security forces as well as to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
Key issues discussed by the Security Council include the need for closer UN engagement and support for Somalia particularly with regard to the strengthening of capacities of its civilian and public safety and security institutions; the continuing threat posed by Al-Shabaab and the need for sustained economic and development support and assistance to the country.
Among others, Y.B. Foreign Minister’s intervention highlighted the following:
- Malaysia’s ongoing engagement and support to Somalia over the years since first contributing troops to the UN peacekeeping mission UNOSOM II in 1993-1995;
- Welcoming the achievement of many key political milestones by Somalia, including the establishment of new state or regional level administrations;
- The significant gains made in degrading the capabilities of Al-Shabaab and the need for more concrete support in combating terrorists and terrorism in Somalia;
- Welcomed the strong commitment of the Federal Government of Somalia in achieving lasting peace and security for the country, in deepening democracy, respect for the rule of law, development and human rights; and
- Welcomed the steady progress of Somalia towards its Vision 2016 among which include the holding of a credible and meaningful electoral process sometime in 2016.
YB Foreign Minister’s participation in the Security Council meeting on Somalia reflects Malaysia’s firm commitment and support to multilateral action spearheaded by the United Nations, working in close collaboration with regional actors namely the African Union (AU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Somali federal authorities in maintaining international peace and security in the Horn of Africa, as well as in assisting the state-building and economic development of Somalia.