PM hails successful liberation of over 45% of Al-Shabab-held regions in Somalia within a year
Sunday, September 24, 2023
In a speech to the 78th UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre announced that Somalia has successfully liberated over 45 percent of the territories previously held by the terrorist group Al-Shabab in less than a year.
Barre urged for the complete and unconditional removal of the long-standing arms embargo imposed by the Security Council since 1992, stating that lifting the embargo would enhance their ability to effectively combat terrorism and establish a peaceful and prosperous future for the Somali people.
He emphasized that Somalia has taken a strong and comprehensive approach in combating extremism, utilizing military, financial, and ideological measures. Today, the nation has strict administrative systems in place to control the possession, use, and storage of firearms.
Somalia initiated its military offensive against Al-Shabab in August of the previous year, starting the second phase in collaboration with clan-based militias in central Somalia.
Barre highlighted the importance of implementing a similar approach on a global scale to effectively address terrorism, advocating for the integration of local communities while safeguarding their rights through justice and upholding the rule of law.
Furthermore, Barre stressed the urgency for collective action to combat climate change, expressing the injustice faced by Somalia as a nation with minimal carbon emissions but disproportionately affected by extreme climate events such as prolonged droughts and destructive floods.
Despite Somalia’s troubled past, Barre acknowledged the progress made in the last decade towards peace, stability, and socio-economic growth. He affirmed Somalia’s determination to achieve social and economic progress without the threat of violence and destruction.
Barre also expressed solidarity with the Palestinians and urged the adoption of a two-state solution based on the pre-June 1967 borders to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, considering their plight a source of shame for the international community.
Recognizing the fragmented and unequal state of the world, Barre called for the reform of multilateral organizations like the UN and development banks, citing their current structures as outdated and no longer suitable for their intended purposes.