07 November 2012AMISOM Extension Mandate - UK Explanation of Vote
UK Explanation of Vote on AMISOM Mandate Extension, delivered by Sir Mark Lyall Grant, UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative – 7 November 2012
Please allow me to congratulate you on the assumption of the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of November and also to echo your appreciation of Guatemala’s stewardship of the Council in the month of October under the able leadership of Ambassador Rosenthal.
The United Kingdom welcomes the adoption of Security Council resolution 2073.
This resolution achieves two important objectives: firstly, it provides the necessary support and stability to an important mission which the Council highly values; secondly, it enables the Council to respond promptly once the African Union and UN reviews have made recommendations on a range of important issues that impact on AMISOM’s mission.
Over the last year, AMISOM – working alongside Somali forces - has achieved significant security gains. The Security Council is united in its admiration for the achievements, and the sacrifices, of AMISOM and its Troop Contributing Countries – specifically Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti and Burundi.
The additional civilian staff that the Council has authorised through this resolution will ensure the delivery of urgent stabilisation efforts in areas freed from the dark shadow of Al-Shabaab. This increased effort will also help restore the Somali people’s faith in local government structures – structures which have been so desperately lacking in recent times.
The situation in Somalia is changing rapidly. We have a more legitimate political leadership than ever before. And a new Council of Ministers, including two women, awaits Parliamentary approval. But, as today’s deplorable attack on Parliament shows, the situation remains perilous. I offer my government’s condolences to those affected and the families. But the message from this Council to those who seek to deny the Somali people a better future is clear: you will not succeed.
The Security Council must examine its approach to Somalia in the context of this changing environment. As we know, the African Union has asked the Council to review the arms embargo. The charcoal situation in Kismayo requires urgent attention. At the Secretary General’s high level event on Somalia in September, we all committed to a Somali-led next phase of statebuilding. That means consulting fully on key issues which impact on Somali sovereignty. We must allow the new government the space to set policies and priorities.
It is in that context that my government will continue to work urgently with the President and the Government of Somalia and with Council colleagues over the few months to find a Somali-led solution to these important issues.
The African Union and the United Nations reviews are of vital importance in enabling the Security Council to decide on the future of both organisations’ in Somalia. And equally important, it will allow the Council to set out a clear division of responsibility between the two.
After two decades of despair, Somalia’s people at last have hope and the Security Council must do all that it can to turn hope into reality.