Somalia’s Prime Minister Announces Liberation of Over 45% Territory from Al-Shabab
In a recent address to the United Nations General Assembly, Somalia’s Prime Minister, Hamza Abdi Barre, announced that his nation had liberated over 45% of areas previously controlled by the Al-Shabab terrorist group within the past year. This significant achievement marks a turning point in Somalia’s fight against terrorism and offers a glimmer of hope for a peaceful future.
Prime Minister Barre proposed the lifting of the arms embargo imposed on Somalia by the UN Security Council since 1992. He argued that removing this embargo would bolster Somalia’s capability to combat terrorism more effectively. Under his leadership, Somalia has implemented strict administrative systems for controlling the possession, use, and storage of firearms. These measures would ensure that any increase in arms imports would not lead to misuse or exacerbate security issues.
Global Approach to Terrorism
Barre highlighted the need for a globally integrated approach to counter terrorism. Such an approach should involve local communities, protect their rights, uphold the rule of law, and address root causes of terrorism. The Prime Minister also drew attention to the devastating effects of climate change on Somalia. Despite the country’s minimal contribution to global carbon emissions, it suffers immensely from the impacts of climate change, including prolonged droughts and destructive floods.
Despite the numerous challenges, Barre noted that Somalia has made significant strides towards peace and stability over the past decade. This progress has led to noticeable socio-economic growth. The Prime Minister expressed his country’s commitment to achieving further progress, free from security threats, and called for an immediate halt to violence and destruction.
Advocacy for Palestinian Rights and Institutional Reforms
Barre expressed solidarity with the Palestinians, describing their plight as a collective shame. He advocated for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting the need for a peaceful resolution. Additionally, Barre called for a reform of multilateral institutions like the UN and development banks, stating that their current structures are no longer fit for purpose.
The Prime Minister’s address underscores Somalia’s ongoing commitment to combating terrorism and striving for peace, both within its borders and globally. The country’s call for the removal of the arms embargo and a global approach to terrorism highlights the need for international cooperation in these efforts. With continued determination and support from the international community, Somalia has the potential to achieve its goals of peace, stability, and prosperity.
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