Al Shabbab terrorists continue to undermine security across Somalia as the government tries to build up its institutions and make the country more economically self-sufficient.
That’s according to the head of the UN Assistance Mission there (UNSOM), Michael Keating, who spelled out that “a multi-dimensional effort to build an accountable, affordable State” is well underway.
He noted that while the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has been protecting the “political space,” a deal must be made and extra funding secured, before transferring responsibility for security over to the National Army.
Mr Keating outlined how the UN is working with the government and National Independent Electoral Commission to prepare a roadmap towards elections in 2020.
He spoke to Liz Scaffidi ahead of presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on Somalia to the Security Council.