UN's Ban says job opportunities necessary for Somali

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that piracy inflicted blow on international marine transport in Somalia and caused crisis within the country.

UN's Ban says job opportunities necessary for Somali

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday that piracy inflicted blow on international marine transport in Somalia and caused crisis within the country.

Addressing the opening of UN Istanbul Conference on Somalia, Ban thanked to the Turkish government over organizing the conference and to the participants for their support.

Ban said there was a very big crisis in Somalia, noting that the country experienced a very big clash period which exhausted all its sources and territories in the past 20 years.

Humanitarian crisis

UN Secretary General said peace could not be restored in Somalia in case people failed to exert more efforts, "today, we start a new change. We will review the difficulties Somalia has to face and consider the opportunities to assist," he said.
Ban said 3.2 million people which means more than 40 percent of the population, were in need of help, and urged international community to exert all efforts to make people get this assistance.

Referring to piracy, Ban said UN carried out some studies to deal with piracy. He said, "Security Council made some decisions on the issue. I will soon announce the articles related to arrest of the pirates and bringing them before court."

Ban said "Djibouti Agreement" brought former enemies together and enabled them to establish an interim government. He said this government continued to work despite all difficulties and attacks of armed oppostition groups.

UN SG called on executives of Somalia to work together in dealing with armed opposition groups and difficulties. Ban wanted officials of Somalia to pay the salaries of the security forces and foster security units.

Job opportunities

Ban said businessmen of Somalia also have to assume roles, indicating that people in this segment of the society could undertake key roles in the peace process.

UN Secretary General said job opportunities should be created for people of Somalia, "particularly for young people. Participation of young people to extremists, armed groups and pirates can be prevented in this way."

Ban said it was really hard to assist for recovery of Somalia, but not something that could not be achieved.

"We should definitely be successful. This meeting gives signals of a strong hope. Bringing peace to a country fighting for the past 20 years requires a very effort and a sustainable strategy," Ban said.

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