UN to increase support for Somalia
February 23, 2012 Markacadeey
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
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.
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
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
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