UNSOM marks first anniversary in Puntland, pledges continued support

17 Aug 2014

UNSOM marks first anniversary in Puntland, pledges continued support

Garowe – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, pledged the UN’s continued support for Puntland today at a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia’s (UNSOM) in Garowe, the State Capital.

“Puntland has made important political, economic and security progress in the last year for which the Government and people deserve full credit. But much more remains to be done, including working together with the Federal Government and other emerging states on developing a federal system of governance, reviewing the provisional Constitution, and preparing for elections in 2016. Full cooperation between the State of Puntland, interim and emerging national administrations, and the Somali Federal Government is vital,” Mr Kay said.

“All of Somalia can learn and benefit from Puntland’s experience and achievements since 1998. I am convinced that the formation of other federal member states within Somalia is in the interest of Puntland and all Somalia. Puntland should not lose any territory that it currently administers,” he added. “Final boundaries will be determined according to the process prescribed in the Provisional Federal Constitution.”

“International support for peace- and state-building in Puntland will continue to be guided by the principles of Somali ownership, leadership and respect for the Provisional Federal Constitution,” SRSG Kay said.


Note to editors
UNSOM was established by the UN Security Council on 3 June 2013. Based in Somalia, UNSOM is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda, including the federalism process, review of the provisional constitution and elections in 2016. It also works to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance. UNSOM’s mandate was renewed for a further year on 29 May 2014 by Security Council resolution 2158 (2014).

For your reference, please click for a joint letter from Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, Special Envoy for IGAD, Mohammed Affey, and Special Envoy for the European Union, Michele Cervone, to President Abdiweli Mohamed Al “Gaas” on the recent agreement of intent to form a new regional administration in central Somalia.