Minister of the Somali Republic, Dr. Ali Khalif Galaydh, started
his mission to the United Nations this morning; at 11.30 a.m.
- New York time.
Minister accompanied by H.E. Buri Mohamed Hamza, the Minister
of State for Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Representative
of the Somali Republic to the United Nations, Ambassador Ahmed
Abdi Hashi, held a lengthy meeting with all the Permanent
Representatives of the European Union to the United Nations.
Jean de Ruyt, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Belgium to the United Nations, warmly welcomed the Prime
Minister and his delegation on behalf of all of his colleagues,
and reiterated the firm commitment and support of the European
Union to the Transitional National Government of Somalia.
were followed by words of encouragement and support from the
Ambassador of France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Ireland and the
Representative of the EU to the UN. The EU Ambassadors congratulated
the Prime Minister for the progress thus far achieved by the
Transitional National Government, particularly is the areas
of security and reconciliation. The Prime Minister, in his
remarks to the Ambassadors praised the role that the EU has
so far played in assisting the Somali Government and people
in bringing about security and peace in the country.
Minister talked in detail about what his Government has achieved
since the conclusion of the Arta Peace Conference. The establishment
of the National Reconciliation Commission, the re-integration
of over 25.000 militias, the deployment of the police force
to sustain security in Mogadishu and the surrounding areas,
and the move taken by the Government with regard the regional
autonomy, were among points raised by the Prime Minister.
Minister informed the Ambassadors about how the Somali Government
and people were affected by the tragic events of September
11. He said that the Government contacted the President of
the United States to express the indignation and condemnation
of the Government and the people of Somalia for the terrible
act of terrorism.
Minister reiterated his Government's willingness to cooperate
with the United States and the International Community to
fight against terrorism. The Prime Minister indicated also
the Government formed a National Task Force to fight against
however, say that for this Task Force to execute its responsibilities
with a great deal of efficiency the EU and the International
Community must provide the Government with the assistance
needed. The Prime Minister and his delegation are scheduled
to conduct meetings with the President of the Security Council
and the Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and
Emergency Relief Coordinator this afternoon.
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