UN Special Representative Ahmedou Ould Abdallah said extremist forces in Somali have ambitions that go beyond Mogadishu and Somalia
UN Special Representative Ahmedou Ould Abdallah once again attested that the conflict in Somalia is no longer a local, or even a regional one. He said that it has become “a global one” and urged the Security Council to send a strong message of support to the government and to "address vigorously" the role of spoilers.
UN Special Representative Ahmedou Ould Abdallah addressed the Security Council this afternoon as a regular periodic briefing. The special envoy said that extremists, including foreigners, are responsible for the violence. He accused those forces of seeking not only to overthrow this Somali government but to oppose the establishment of any authority. He says their "ultimate objective is either to maintain a permanent state of anarchy or to establish a militant state." And he added, "Their ambitions go well beyond Mogadishu and Somalia."
Ahmedou Ould Abdallah also said that while the Somali Transitional Federal Government lacks resources for some of the most basic services, the extremists 'receive unlimited and unchecked financial support." He urged the Security Council to send a strong message of support to the government and to "address vigorously" the role of spoilers. The council did pass a resolution at the end of Dec to sanction Eritrea for its support of Al Shabab.
The special U.N. envoy urged closer cooperation with sub-regional groups such as IGAD, AU, OIC, and Arab League.