1 June 2012
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Thursday urged the United Nations to establish a new mission in Somalia.
"It is high time to bring about a new and stronger United Nations mission in Somalia. And for starters, the UN can initiate immediately a strategic review of its activities in the country," Bozgad told the second edition of the Istanbul Conference on Somalia on "Preparing a Future for Somalia: Targets for 2015."
Bozdag said a comprehensive strategy was needed to help Somalia to increase capacity for resilience that included multi-sector investments in development, infrastructure projects, political reconciliation and boosted security.
"Turkey's policy toward Somalia incorporates these dimensions and it argues for a simultaneous handling and solution of all problematic aspects. Only such a multi-dimensional strategy can produce lasting solutions in Somalia," Bozdag said.
Bozdag said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Somalia last year raised a fresh international awareness, adding that the opening of Turkish embassy in Mogadishu and direct flights by the Turkish Airlines to the Somali capital had made major contribution to help the country "integrate with the international community."
Bozdag said achieving security, political stability and unity through dialogue and reconciliation as well as food security, economic development, end of piracy, and providing health and education services constituted the biggest challenges Somalia faced, which he said could only be solved by effective and strong state mechanisms.
"Somali people and the Somali diaspora should be able to produce solutions on their own in line with their culture, history and their facts," Bozdag added.
"And all the members of the international community have an obligation to keep light of hope alive in Somalia which was kindled for the first time in 20 years," he said.