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U.N. states commitment to Somalia

June 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 28 (UPI) -- The United Nations stands in solidarity with the Somali government despite the threat from insurgent attacks on a U.N. compound in Mogadishu.

Somali insurgent group al-Shabaab took credit for a June 19 attack on a U.N. compound in Mogadishu. At least 14 people were killed and more than a dozen others were wounded.

U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman visited Mogadishu this week to express his support for the ongoing peace mission in the troubled East African country.

"The United Nations will not be deterred and our commitment is to stay and work together with the Somali people for a brighter future for their country," he said in a Thursday statement.

Somalia formed its first functioning central government since the 1990s last year. Insurgent threats from al-Shabaab and militancy associated with separatist ambitions from coastal communities are among the many challenges facing the fledgling government.

Al-Shabaab officials told the BBC there was no truth to allegations surfacing Friday of the surrender of its ringleader Hassan Dahir Aweys.

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