Statement by Michele Cervone d'Urso, EU Special Envoy to Somalia
Michele Cervone d'Urso, EU Special Envoy to Somalia, made a statement on 11 September 2013, ahead of the High Level Conference on Somalia "A new deal for Somalia" to be held on 16 September 2013 in Brussels.
He underlined the progress achieved by Somalia indicating that the country is changing.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE by Michele Cervone d'Urso, EU Special Envoy to Somalia, (in ENGLISH) saying that the new deal is very innovative; in Somalia there will be the first ever compact in a fragile State; for Somalia this has been prepared only for three months; the compact is a partnership document developed by the government, civil society, the regions, the Somali citizens, after wide consultations, and the international community; it will focus on the immediate needs in the coming three years; the EU hopes to make a difference and ensure that the government is relevant.
||SOUNDBITE by Michele Cervone d'Urso (in ENGLISH) saying that the new deal covers three main areas: firstly, political inclusivity, State building priorities - they need to develop a federal State; secondly, security and justice - there are huge challenges in security; thirdly, economic and social sectors, infrastructures, education and health; within these priority areas, the European Union will specifically focus on State building and governance, creating the institutions of a viable State; the EU will also support the food security challenges in Somalia.
||SOUNDBITE by Michele Cervone d'Urso (in ENGLISH) saying that the conference on 16 September 2013 coincides with the first anniversary of the nomination of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as President of Somalia; in the past months, there has been huge momentum in Somalia; there has been progress politically between the government and the regional authorities; there has been improvement in the humanitarian indicators; piracy has been going down; all of this are signs that Somalia is changing; that is the main message of the conference.