meetings of the Prime Minister at the UN included talks with
the Russian Ambassador, the Chinese Ambassador, and the UNDP
Minister reviewed together with the Russian and the Chinese
Ambassadors the Report of the Secretary-General on the Situation
in Somalia, which will be debated in the Security Council
on October 19, 2001.
Minister informed the Ambassadors that the security situation
in Somalia has improved.
Summit recently held in Lusaka expressed satisfaction at the
progress made by Transitional National Government in the establishment
of peace and security in the country and requested the OAU
and the International Community to continue assist the Government
in this regard.
Minister and his delegation briefed the Ambassadors on the
progress made in terms of the deployment of the police force
in Mogadishu and its surroundings.
thousand policemen are now deployed and all checkpoints and
intersections are in the hands of the police. In terms of
reconciliation, the Ambassadors demonstrated a keen interest
in the newly formed National Reconciliation Commission, which
will function independently of the Government.
also commended the Government's decision to establish the
Anti-Terrorism Task Force, and pledged that they would continue
supporting the Transitional National Government and the outcome
of Arta Peace Conference.
promised to recommend for the establishment of the Peace Building
Office for Somalia and for the immediate dispatch of a mission
to assess the situation in Somalia In a lengthy meeting with
Mr. Malloch Brown, the UNDP Administrator, the Somali Prime
Minister expressed his hopes that the issue of the assessment
mission to Somalia would be attended to at the earliest possible.
promised to mobilize more resources and indicated "UNDP wants
to go an extra mile with the Transitional National Government".
He went further to say that UNDP is committed to see the Somali
Government succeed. Mr. Brown has also confirmed that the
UNDP will re-start its Country Programme for Somalia and closely
work with the Transitional National Government in starting
the TONKTEN Programme.