SOMALIA / SWAN BAIDOA

19-Jul-2019 00:02:08
On his first visit to South West State of Somalia, the newly appointed Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia James Swan emphasized the importance of “good relations” between Federal Member States and the Federal Government.UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SWAN BAIDOA
TRT: 02:21
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 18 JULY 2019, BAIDOA, SOMALIA
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1. Aerial shot, Baidoa,
2. Various shots, Swan is welcomed by AMISOM troops in Baidoa
3. Various shots, Swan in a meeting with AMISOM officials in Baidoa
4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia:
“Part of the reason that I’m here is to help strengthen our collaboration regarding political, capacity-building and humanitarian activities, in addition to economic development and state-building efforts.”
5. Med shot, Swan welcomed by President ‘Laftagareen’ at the regional State House
6. Wide shot, Swan with President ‘Laftagareen’ and his cabinet in meeting
7. Close up, President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen’
8. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia:
“I do not want to leave this occasion before the media without also underscoring a wider message that I have delivered in every one of my visits, to the Federal Member States; that is the message on the need for good relations between federal member states like South West State and the federal government. This kind of relationship between the center and the Federal Member States is absolutely vital for delivering services and good government to the Somali people and it’s a message that I have conveyed in Mogadishu and in all of the Federal Member States that I have visited.”
9. Various shots, Swan observing mine-cleaning exercise
10. Aerial shot, Baidoa
STORYLINE
On his first visit to South West State of Somalia, the newly appointed Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia James Swan emphasized the importance of “good relations” between Federal Member States and the Federal Government.

“I don’t want to leave this occasion without underscoring a message that I have delivered in every one of my visits, and that is the message on the need for good relations between federal member states like South West State and the federal government,” the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, said in a joint media encounter in the state’s capital, Baidoa.

“This kind of relationship between the center and the Federal Member States is absolutely vital for delivering services and good government to the Somali people and it’s a message I have conveyed in Mogadishu and in all the Federal Member States that I have visited,” he added.

The UN official’s remarks followed meetings with South West State’s President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen’ and members of his cabinet.

Addressing journalists in the same media encounter, President Laftagareen said their discussions focused on security, humanitarian assistance and the political situation in the region.

In his remarks, the UN Special Representative reiterated the world body’s commitment to supporting South West State.

“Part of the reason I’m here is to help strengthen our collaboration regarding political, capacity building and humanitarian activities in addition to economic development and state building efforts,” Swan said.

Baidoa hosts the second largest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somalia after Mogadishu. IDP figures reached 329,000 in January this year, putting a heavy strain on the town’s capacity to host and provide critical services.

The United Nations is implementing a wide range of activities in South West State. They include the construction and rehabilitation of centres for former members of violent extremist groups, helping the regional administration address demands caused by internally displaced persons and supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali security forces to improve security in the region.

While in Baidoa, the UN envoy also saw first-hand some of the de-mining training provided by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to AMISOM troops based in South West State, and met with senior AMISOM officials and members of the United Kingdom’s Somali National Army Support Team.

Swan has been visiting Somalia’s Federal Member States since taking up his post in late June. Today’s visit follows trips to Puntland, Jubaland and Hirshabelle.

He was accompanied to Baidoa by senior officials from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNMAS –Takeshi Moriyama, Dyane Epstein and Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadozai, respectively.
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