The statement was made Nguyen Phuong Tra, deputy permanent representative of Vietnam to the US at a UN Security Council briefing on Somalia on November 17 in New York.
She stated that the period at the end of the year and into early 2022 will play a decisive role for Somalia in organising its National Assembly (NA) and the presidential elections. Tra therefore expressed a strong desire that all parties will reach a political consensus and hold elections in line with the schedule.
Vietnam appreciates recent positive developments, especially the completion of elections for all 54 seats in the Senate, calling on international partners to increase humanitarian assistance to the Somali Government. This is along with reducing the socio-economic impact caused by threats and challenges from locusts, floods, droughts, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speakers at the UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting said that the results of the Senate election in Somalia with 54 seats elected will provide greater impetus to the upcoming House of Representatives and Presidential elections.
They also raised concerns regarding the violence, attacks , nd killings of civilians, government officials, UN staff, and international organisations operating in the East African country. They suggested that the UN and international organisations, especially the African Union (AU), continue providing both financial and technical support for elections in Somalia and co-ordinate alongside security forces and the military to implement measures aimed at protecting voters, especially women and children.
They also shared difficulties that Somalia is currently coping with, especially the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged drought. The speakers voiced their support for the role and activities of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the AU in Somalia (AMISOM), and regional organisations in supporting the Somali Government.