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British, UN leaders to address Somalia humanitarian crisis

12 May 2017
British, UN leaders to address Somalia humanitarian crisis

Security is still vital to my administration (.) We are certain that along with the African Mission we can defeat Al Shabab in a few years after recovering the territories it still controls, said the president at the worldwide conference on his country inaugurated here today.

"The expectations are very high but not performing is not an option".

It will also agree on a new worldwide partnership aimed at keeping the country on course for increased peace and prosperity by 2020.

British Prime Minster Theresa May and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for more support for drought-stricken Somalia, with the U.N. chief requesting another $900 million in aid this year.

"The longstanding arms embargo on Somalia severely restricts our ability to procure heavy weapons", Farmajo said.

"Al-Shabaab has tripled its attacks on Mogadishu, and Somali forces do not yet have the capability to take over control of their own security", May said in opening remarks.

With your support, we have reached 1 million people in #Somalia this year.

More than six million people, around half the population, are already dependent on emergency food supplies.

He sought support for the implementation of Somalia National Development Plan to enable the people of Somalia, including refugees, to go back home and participate in the reconstruction of their country. The situation is getting worse. Save the Children chief Keven Watkins called for "decisive action" including increased help from the World Bank. He said 275,000 malnourished children were at risk of starvation.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May told the conference the scheme would aim to unite Somalia's main army with a range of regional forces based across the divided and chaotic territory.

"Somalia remains a wounded country but it is in the process of being healed", he concluded.

The troubled east African country, which has frequently topped the Fragile State Index, is under a new president, prime minister and parliament this year and the conference is focused on underpinning stability in this electoral cycle.

Pressure is growing on Somalia's military to assume full responsibility for the country's security as the 22,000-strong African Union multinational force, AMISOM, that has been supporting the fragile central government plans to leave by the end of 2020.

Somalia's government and its foreign backers on Thursday signed a security pact which they presented as a road map toward building a functional national army capable of taking on the fight against al Shabaab militants. "And if we don't have more sophisticated and better weaponry definitely this war will continue for another 10 years", he told a news conference.

According to a U.S. defence official, the Pentagon now has several hundred troops stationed in Somalia, primarily devoted to counter-terror training.