Press Statement: Somali Leaders Agree On New Policing Model (28.03.2016)

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Nairobi, 28 March 2016 A four-day Consultative Conference on Police Reform in Somalia held last week in Nairobi endorsed a New Policing Model and a refreshed Heegan Plan for the development of the Somalia Federal State Police.

The Federal Minister of Internal Security Abdirizak Omar Mohamed attended the conference along with the ministers responsible for policing in Puntland, Jubbaland, the Interim South West Administration, the Galmudug Interim Administration and the Banadir, Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle regions.

Conference participants adopted the New Policing Model that contains federal and state-level components that will report to their respective federal and state-level ministries of internal security. Each component will be responsible for recruitment and training of police personnel.

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The Police Commissioner of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Christoph Buik, welcomed the discussions and expressed confidence that Somali leaders will agree on a suitable policing model. “I hope that in the end we will have a common agreement on how the police will look like under the federal principles in Somalia in the future” Police Commissioner Buik noted.

Participants also agreed to incorporate the New Policing Model in a refreshed Heegan Plan, and the federal, regional and state-level ministers of internal security will meet in Kismaayo for follow-up discussions.

The refreshed Heegan Plan will be an inclusive long-term strategic planning document for the period 2017-2025. “I insisted that we are given space to deliberate. As you can see, it is only Somalis who are discussing what kind of policing model they want to come up with,” the Federal Minister of Internal Security said.

African Union Commission Police Coordinator for Peace Support Operations, Crowd Chirenje, said establishing an efficient police force was extremely important, since officers are the face of government in the eyes of the public.

Strengthening the Somali Police is one of the key goals for providing improved safety and security to the local population. A preliminary round of technical discussions was held on the New Policing Model in September 2015, and last week’s conference advanced these discussions by involving ministers directly responsible for police reform.

Under the Somalia Joint Rule of Law Programme, UNSOM and UN agencies have aligned their support in accordance with Somalia’s policing priorities.

The consultative conference was facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme, UNSOM and the African Union Mission in Somalia with the support from the European Union.

Press Release: UN Envoy to Somalia attends Galmudug Presidential inauguration (24.07.2014)

ADAADO – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Nicholas Kay congratulated President Abdikarim Hussein Guled and Vice President Mohamed Hashi Abdi of the Galmudug Interim Regional Administration on the occasion of the presidential inauguration in Adaado yesterday.

The event was marked with fanfare and attended by the President of Somalia H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Somali clan and religious leaders as well as representatives from the AU, EU, Turkey and the IGAD member states of Uganda and Ethiopia, Ministers and Members of Parliament from the Federal Government of Somalia, officials from the Interim South West Administration (ISWA) led by President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, and the deputy president of Galmudug Mohamed Hashi Abdi.

Speaking at a ceremony held in Adaado, SRSG Kay said, “I congratulate President Abdikarim Hussein Guled and Vice President Mohamed Hashi Abdi. You have been elected and entrusted by the Galmudug Parliament to take on huge responsibility in building the governance of this region; to ensure fairness in delivering services, and to provide security to the population.”

SRSG Kay also congratulated the Federal Government of Somalia, the Technical Committee, clan representatives, and the people of Galmudug for their efforts.

“I encourage the Federal Government and the GIA to reach out and work constructively to resolve any differences with Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a through dialogue and consultations to find a lasting settlement,” said SRSG Kay. “The international community is ready to support mediation efforts.”

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//advised leaders of the newly-formed Galmudug Regional Administration to uphold reconciliation and peaceful resolution of all pertaining conflicts.

We all have to work together to help to find an accommodation with Al Sunnah wal Jamaah. We all have to do that. This is now the time for politics, for negotiation, for discussion. This is not the time for the barrel of the gun. United Nations and the international community will provide any support where it is necessary, to help with finding a solution to that problem.”