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Somalia's President Sets Priorities for Immediate Future

Somalia's President Abdikassim Salad Hassan said Friday that peace, security and unity are the priority areas of his government in the immediate future.

Addressing the general debate of the 55th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Hassan said the challenges that Somalia faces today are monumental and his government is prepared to meet them with a realistic approach.

The president said the priority areas include restoration of peace, stability and national unity and formation of an effective security force to consolidate peace, stability and national unity; disarmament of the militias and their encampment; and maintenance of law and order through the creation of effective law enforcement agencies and professional courts of law.

At the international level, the president reaffirmed the country's support for the principles and objectives of the United Nations and pledged to cooperate with relevant regional and sub- regional organizations.

The president requested the General Assembly to facilitate the adoption of a resolution under the title of Assistance to the Somali Republic in the areas of need: urgent assistance from member states for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Somalia; resumption of the sustained economic cooperation with the international community in general and with member states of the United Nations in particular; and a call on relevant U.N. agencies and organizations to redouble their efforts in providing financial and material assistance to the people of Somalia.

He expressed the hope that the United Nations will continue to provide support for the realization of the aspirations of the Somali people for stability, peace and development. .


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