His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, today welcomed the extension for another year of the United Nations Security Council mandate to counter piracy off the Horn of Africa.
‚ÄúThe Somali Federal Government welcomes the extension of the United Nations Security Council mandate to tackle piracy.
The extension will enable Somalia alongside its regional and international partners to build on the substantial progress already made in the last year countering piracy activities off the Horn of Africa,‚Äù the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to tackle the root causes of piracy which will only be achieved through the continued stabilisation and rebuilding of Somalia.
‚ÄúTo put an end to piracy we need to combat the root causes ‚Äì poverty, absence of functioning institutions and a lack of opportunities for our young people in Somalia. We have to continue to stabilize and rebuild Somalia, promote good governance and rule of law and foster socio-economic development.
‚ÄúThe Federal Government is rebuilding the Somali coast guard in order to protect our waters, engaging with local communities to provide alternative livelihoods to young people and working to rehabilitate former pirates.
‚ÄúRebuilding and reforming our judicial system must continue apace in order that those suspected of piracy activities can be investigated, prosecuted and imprisoned here in Somalia.‚Äù