UN Mission to set up station in southern Somalia’s Kismayo port

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) will establish a presence in Kismayo to support the new Jubba Interim Administration, Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Somalia and Head of UNSOM, has announced.

Kay’s announcement followed the signing of an internationally supported agreement between the Federal Government of Somalia and the Interim Jubba Administration here late Wednesday.

The agreement establishes the modalities of administration and governance in the Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba and Gedo south and south-western regions of the Horn of Africa country.

UNSOM is mandated to support peace-building and state-building as well as the Federal Government’s peace and reconciliation process in the country.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have called for a reconciliation conference to follow the new agreement.

The deal is expected to bring to an end months of standoff and political dispute over the future of Jubba area and Kismayo.