facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Challenges remain for Somalia

May 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, May 10 (UPI) -- The Somali government needs help expanding its authority beyond Mogadishu, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told a London conference this week his country has made fundamental gains, though he was worried militant group al-Shabaab was on the cusp of "a new phase of insurgency and a campaign of terror."

Somalia last year formed a functioning central government for the first time since the 1990s. Despite retaking territory from al-Shabaab last year, the government has struggled to expand its authority beyond Mogadishu.

Eliasson said the Somali government needs support from the international community despite the recent gains.

"(Mohamud's) challenge is to establish authority in all of Somalia and I think it's important for the international community to support this desire to create a well-functioning federal state," he said in a statement.

The British government said it was committed to provide $54 million to help Somalia address its political challenges. Another $300 million was raised for the Somali security sector.

Topics: Jan Eliasson
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Hillary Clinton: Businesses and corporations don't create jobs Hillary Clinton: Businesses and corporations don't create jobs
2
Terry Keenan, former CNN, Fox News anchor, dead at 53 Terry Keenan, former CNN, Fox News anchor, dead at 53
3
Iranian woman accused of killing attempted rapist executed Iranian woman accused of killing attempted rapist executed
4
Top NSA spy is leaving position after conflict of interest accusations Top NSA spy is leaving position after conflict of interest accusations
5
Woman pleads not guilty to rape of Seattle man Woman pleads not guilty to rape of Seattle man
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback