MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Russia called on the United Nations, the African Union and Somalia’s government to articulate proposals on parameters of further presence of African Union peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, as “stipulated in UNSC Resolution 2568”.
Russia urged the United Nations Security Council to help prevent a further deterioration against the backdrop of electoral preparations in the country during a meeting held this week.
Moscow’s deputy permanent representative to the UN Anna Yevstigneyeva told a Security Council briefing on the situation in Somalia on Tuesday that the country needs time and favorable conditions in the political, social and security domains to be able to implement its obligations.
“Here in the Security Council we need to be guided by the political reality in the country and set priorities in a right way. We assume that the Council has already sent all the needed signals in its press statement dated 18 September,” Russian deputy representative to the UN said.
“Unfortunately, the federal authorities had led to reschedule the previously agreed dates against the backdrop of domestic political stabilization. Now the electoral prospect can be expected to conclude no sooner than at the end of November,” she added.
Anna said Russian side expects the UN Secretary-General, the African Union and Somalia’s authorities to articulate proposals as to parameters of further of AU peacekeeping mission in the conflict-torn nation, according to Russian News Agency.
“According to the recent data, the number of people in need of food assistance and social care has reached almost 6 million. Approximately 4 million people are exposed to especially great risks. The number of refugees and IDPs is growing,” she said.
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