Restoring stability in Somalia needs a multi-pronged approach: Madeira
Mogadishu, Somalia ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – The AU Special Representative for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira has said Somalia needs a multi-pronged approach to solving long-standing challenges.
Ambassador Madeira said restoration of peace and stability in the country needed the involvement of security forces, humanitarian agencies and the general public.
He was speaking during the official opening of a Humanitarian Liaison workshop for AMISOM staff, in Mogadishu today.
“It (the task) cannot be done by the government alone, irrespective of how strong and how good they may be as politicians. It cannot also be done by the military, no matter how strong they are. After all they have been around for the last 9 years. It cannot be done by the humanitarian agencies alone. It has to be done by everybody working together in a coordinated manner,” Amb. Madeira told participants of the workshop.
The SRCC emphasized that the war in Somalia would only be won through speedy delivery of early recovery initiatives and stabilization, which he added, would help the public appreciate peace; and denounce terrorism and violent extremism.
His remarks were echoed by the British Deputy Ambassador to Somalia, Mr. Andrew Allen. Mr. Allen expressed optimism about Somalia’s future, but noted that the fragile progress is fraught with numerous challenges, which needed concerted efforts to overcome.
“Success is not going to come about purely through military means. Success will only come through peace building, through work with communities, through ensuring that communities see the benefits of peace and then they will want to hold on to that peace and keep Al-Shabaab at bay,” Mr. Allen observed.
About 40 representatives drawn from AMISOM’s Finance Unit, the Civil-Military Coordination Unit (CIMIC) and the planning unit, are attending the workshop, whose aim is to enhance early recovery initiatives and stabilization through greater community engagement.
AMISOM’s Head of Stabilization and Early Recovery Dr. Opiyo Ododa said the workshop would review successes achieved and means of furthering it.
“The purpose of this workshop is to be able to define what we regard as success in AMISOM. What we regard as the means of engaging the communities and the methodology of delivering this and we are going to work on monitoring and evaluation processes for our early recovery programmes in AMISOM,” Dr. Ododa explained.
Others present at the workshop organized with support from the United Kingdom, were the Deputy SRCC Hon. Lydia Wanyoto and AMISOM Police Commissioner Anand Pillay.
In addition to securing the country, AMISOM is deeply engaged in the provision of quick impact projects in liberated areas, to alleviate suffering and hasten stabilization for populations in those areas.