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UN to increase support for Somalia
PressTV
Saturday, February 23, 2013

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The United Nations Under Secretary General and United Nations Development Programme Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan on Wednesday visited the Somali capital Mogadishu where she met with Somalia’s president and the U-N envoy to the country as well as police recruits and civil society representatives.

The top UN official congratulated President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the new federal government and reaffirmed the development agency’s commitment to working with Mogadishu to ensure that the peaceful transition in 2012 will lead to a more stable Somalia.

Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Rebeca Grynspan the top UNDP official to visit Somalia after two decades of civil war said her organization is privileged to be working closely with the Horn of Africa nation’s new federal government to help the Somalis shape a new future.

Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator.

The African Union and UN agencies have been relocating from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to Mogadishu as the security situation improves here. U-N-D-P plans to permanently move its offices to Somalia from Kenya where it had been based for the past two decades.

Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator.

For several years the United Nations Development Program has been paying stipends to members of the Somali police as the country’s institution could not afford it. However, Rebeca Grynspan says the U-N-D-P has already began talks with Somalia’s finance ministry, which signals that the institution is being revived after two decades.

Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator.

The top U-N official also met with police recruits at the Mogadishu Police Training Academy and stressed the important role of the task force in defending human rights and strengthening security. However, the Somali police force has recently come under sharp criticism following the arrest of a woman for claiming to have been raped by security forces and also the arrest of a freelance journalist who is serving a one year jail term for interviewing the rape victim.


 





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