information pills http://chicken33.com/commande/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;”>UPDF troops are leading the offensive against Al Shabaab militants in Somalia, http://darioergas.org/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/includes/tag-generator.php a war that has cost Uganda dearly in terms of cash, logistics and lives.
Fifty-five delegates from the international community yesterday heaped praises on Museveni for taking on the Somali insurgents in a slow but progressive war that has led to the pacification of Mogadishu.
Museveni was attending the London Conference on Somalia at Lancaster House in London, United Kingdom. It was chaired by UK Premier David Cameron.
United States Secretary State Hillary Clinton said United States was ready to support Uganda and other countries sending peacekeeping missions to war-ravaged Somalia.
“Terrorism poses a serious threat to security in Somalia itself, to the region, and internationally. It has inflicted great suffering on the Somali population. We agreed to work together with greater determination, and with full respect for the rule of law, human rights, and international humanitarian law, to build capacity to disrupt terrorism in the region, and to address the root causes of terrorism,” reads one of the resolutions at the high level summit.
“We agreed on the importance of disrupting terrorists’ travel to and from Somalia, and on the importance of disrupting terrorist finances, and called on countries in the region to implement the Financial Action Task Force’s recommendations on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.”
The delegates further noted that effective intelligence gathering and investigation, and support to the Somali criminal justice system, were critical to the fight against terrorism.
“We agreed to work with the Global Counter Terrorism Forum and other international and regional bodies to deliver this important work,” the delegates concurred.
Delegates observed they met at a key moment in Somalia’s history when the country is emerging from the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
“African and Somali troops have pushed Al Shabaab out of Mogadishu and other areas. The transitional institutions come to an end in August 2012, and the people of Somalia want clarity on what will follow. The situation remains precarious, and in urgent need of support from the international community,” the delegates realized.
They noted decisions on Somalia’s future rest with the Somali people and the Somali political leadership must be accountable to the people.
The delegates said the international community’s role is to facilitate Somalia’s progress and development, insisting their strength is in unity and coordinated support to Somalia.
“We noted the importance of listening to and working with Somalis inside and outside Somalia, and welcomed their engagement in the run-up to this Conference. We, the international community, agreed: to inject new momentum into the political process; to strengthen AMISOM and help Somalia develop its own security forces; to help build stability at local level; and to step up action to tackle pirates and terrorists.”
They also agreed the Transitional Federal Institutions’ mandate ends in August 2012 and there must be no further extensions.
The delegates welcomed the agreements that chart the way towards more representative government: the Transitional Federal Charter, the Djibouti Agreement, the Kampala Accord, and the Roadmap.
“We welcomed the progress represented by the Garowe Principles, endorsed the priority of convening a Constituent Assembly, and emphasised that the Assembly must be representative of the views of the Somali people of all regions and constituencies, and that women must be part of the political process. In line with Garowe II, we agreed to incentivise progress and act against spoilers to the peace process, and that we would consider proposals in this regard before the Istanbul Conference in June.”
The Conference recognized the need for the international community to support any dialogue that Somaliland and the TFG or its replacement may agree to establish in order to clarify their future relations.
Delegates condemned terrorism and violent extremism, whether perpetrated by Somalis or foreigners and called on all those willing to reject violence to join the Djibouti peace process and also agreed to develop a defectors’ programme to support those who leave armed groups.
They emphasised the urgency of Somalia funding its own public services, and using its assets for the benefit of the people, as well as tackling corruption.
They further welcomed the progress that has been made in establishing a Joint Financial Management Board to increase transparency and accountability in the collection and efficient use of public revenues, as well as international development aid, and which will help strengthen Somali public financial management institutions.
The summit also called for respect for human rights which must be at the heart of the peace process and action to address in particular the grave human rights violations and abuses that women and children face.
They emphasised that journalists must be able to operate freely and without fear. Civilians must be protected.
Delegates expressed gratitude to those countries whose troops had served as peacekeepers and paid tribute to the achievements and sacrifices of AMISOM and other forces and welcomed joint planning by the UN and African Union and reiterated the importance of effective command and control.
The conference welcomed the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2036, which expands AMISOM’s mandate and raises the troop ceiling and encouraged AMISOM to ensure the protection of civilians.
Members also encouraged partners, especially new donors, to contribute to funding for AMISOM, including through the EU.