EC/UN key international meeting on Somalia: round table and extracts from the opening speeches by Louis Michel and Ahmed Ould-Abdallah, United Nations Special Representative in Somalia
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 26/02/2009 First transmission: 26/02/2009
Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Ahmed Ould-Abdallah, United Nations Special Representative in Somalia, opened on 26/02/2009, a two-day high level meeting in Brussels, which aimed to boost support for the peace process in Somalia.
Following the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops and the nomination of a new Government of national unity in Somalia, this meeting aimed to generate support for the Djibouti peace process, to consider the security situation in the country, and to analyse the ways to bring about better governance as well as development and improved living conditions for the peoples of Somalia.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General views of the meeting (5 shots)
||Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, saying (in ENGLISH) that whilst they are all fully aware of the serious security problems, the attacks on AMISOM troops are a witness to this, and are clearly unacceptable. Let him just make clear that he believes that a great majority of Somalis want the political process to work. On 26/02/2009, they are at the crossroads either they go forward with the new government, and support its action or they must be ready to fail once again. He thinks they have no other reasonable choice than to resolutely take the first option.
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||Ahmed Ould-Abdallah, United Nations Special Representative in Somalia, saying (in ENGLISH) that there are no more Ethiopian troops. It is Somali killing Somali. He would not relate that as a resistance. It is criminality and the problem we have is most violence is pity crime, control for telecommunications, for road blocks, for airport, for the use of international assistance. Somali is a serious threat first to its people, second to the region, and third to the international community.
||Cutaways (3 shots)