By Our reporter
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union
Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif will be leaving the mission on July 2nd, 2014.
Yesterday Ambassador Saleh Annadif held separate meetings with the
President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Federal Republic
of Somalia and formally introduced the Deputy Special Representative,
The Honorable Lydia Wanyoto Mutende and the recently appointed Police Commissioner, Mr. Anand Pillay, as part of the handover process.
The AU Special Representative commended Somalia’s leaders for their
commitment to peace and reconciliation noting that through their
efforts, the country is now registering tremendous progress on both
the political and security fronts.
“As I leave Somalia, I’m impressed by your determination to bring
sustainable peace and stability to your country. I’m particularly
happy to note that the horn of African nation is currently enjoying
its longest period of relative peace since 1991 and that through your
leadership, we have of late witnessed amicable resolution of disputes
amongst various different groups”He said.
Ambassador Annadif commended AU peacekeepers for supporting the Somali National Army in liberating strategic areas of the country from the terror group Al-Shabaab. He called on AMISOM to continue to adhere to relevant Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law when implementing their mandate.
“As we have witnessed in many other African countries, the problems of
Somalia will ultimately come to an end and this Horn of Africa nation
will reclaim its position within the continent and beyond.” said
The AU Special Representative also applauded Troop Contributing
Countries (TCCs) as well as international partners, notably the UN and
the EU, for supporting him during his tenure and for their continued
commitment to peace and stability in Somalia. The contribution of
Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda to the
building of peace in Somalia is something of which all Africans can be
proud. He said; “Despite Al-Shabaab’s desperate attempts to reverse
the gains made so far, AMISOM’s determination to bring peace and
stability to Somalia remains paramount.”
The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of African Union
Commission (DSRCC) Lydia Wanyoto Mutende will head the AU Mission in Somalia until the appointment of a replacement.