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STORY: HEAD OF AMISOM IN SOMALIA

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DATELINE: 2015/02/07 MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC), Maman Sidikou and
the Acting AMISOM Force Commander, Major General Jonathan K.
Rono take their seats
2. Med shot, The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC), Maman Sidikou and
the Acting AMISOM Force Commander, Major General Jonathan K.
Rono prepare for the brief
3. Close up, The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC), Maman Sidikou
4. Wide shot, Journalist covering the briefing
5. Med shot, Journalist covering the briefing
6. SOUNDBITE (English) The Special Representative of the Chairperson
of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC), Maman
Sidikou, We met with our partners, the Federal Government of
Somalia and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
UNSOM. To discuss ways to ensure that all our activities are further
aligned to the need of the Somali Government and people whom we
are here both to serve and support. Here are some of the priorities
that we have jointly agreed to focus on this year. We have agreed to
continue support the process for inclusive politics. AMISOM will
continue to support the Somali political and traditional leadership at
both the Federal and Regional levels as the political process enters
an even more sensitive stage with the constitution making process
and the elections in 2016. We also highlighted the need for AMISOM,
UNSOM and the Federal Government of Somalia to improve our
coordination especially in the areas of security and stabilization in
this regard we will continue to work together to enhance our support

for effective and community based approaches to defence and


security so as not to lose the gains we have made so far.
7. Med shot, Senior AMISOM staff listen to the briefing
8. Close up, Senior AMISOM staff listen to the briefing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) The Special Representative of the Chairperson
of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC), Maman
Sidikou, We will also work together to address the urgent need to
support the rebuilding of the Somali National Army through the
organisation and reintegration of local forces. We agreed to closely
coordinate all our stabilization efforts for maximum effect and
impact. Further to this we believe it is critical for us to ensure access
to the recovered areas by securing the main supply routes. If we are
able to do this we will be facilitating greater political activities at the
local level facilitating the delivery of humanitarian relief assistance
and enabling local economic activities.
10.
Wide shot, Journalist covering the briefing
11.
Med shot, Acting AMISOMs Force Commander, Major General
Jonathan K. Rono listening to the briefing
12.
SOUNDBITE (English) The Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC),
Maman Sidikou, Lets talk human rights, this is another area will pay
more attention to this year. By ensuring that all our operations are
fully compliant with applicable and relevant international human
rights and and humanitarian law standards in line with the Secretary
General of the United Nations human rights due diligence policy. In
order to realise this we will enhance our engagement with UNSOM
and relevant human rights institutions as well as the Somali
Government and non governmental organisations to ensure the
protection of women and girls from all forms of violence. We will also
be working to support women to increase participation in politics
especially the constitution review, state formation and election
process. The role of women in the rebuilding of this country must be
valued and recognised.
13.
Wide shot, Journalists standing up to leave at the end of
briefing
SCRIPT
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)has reiterated its
commitment towards supporting Somalias political processes aimed
at aiding reconciliation and preparations for the 2016 general
election.
Addressing a press conference in Mogadishu on Saturday, the
Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson

(SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM Ambassador Maman S.


Sidikou listed AMISOM priorities for the year 2015.
The priorities include encouraging inclusive politics, gender
mainstreaming, protection of civilians, human rights and
championing of joint response mechanism, which includes improved
coordination with development partners.
Ambassador Sidikou said discussions have been ongoing among
partners especially the government and the United Nations
Assistance Mission for Somalia on adopting a common stance on
issues safety and security.
We met with our partners, the Federal Government of Somalia and
the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) to
discuss ways to ensure that all our activities are further aligned to
the needs of the Somali Government and the Somali people, whom
we are both here to serve and support. Here are some of the
priorities that we have jointly agreed to focus on this year. We have
agreed to continue supporting the process for inclusive politics.
AMISOM will continue to support the Somali political and traditional
leadership at both the Federal and Regional levels, as the political
process enters an even more sensitive stage with the constitution
making process and the elections in 2016. We also highlighted the
need for AMISOM, UNSOM and the Federal Government of Somalia
to improve our coordination especially in the areas of security and
stabilization. In this regard, we will continue to work together to
enhance our support for effective and community based approaches
to defense and security, so as not to lose the gains we have made
so far, he said.
Ambassador Sidikou stressed the need to boost the capacity of the
Somali National Army, saying it is key to achieving sustainable
peace in the country.
We will also work together to address the urgent need to support
the rebuilding of the Somali National Army through the organization
and reintegration of local forces. We agreed to closely coordinate all
our stabilization efforts for maximum effect and impact. Further to
this, we believe it is critical for us to ensure access to the recovered
areas by securing the main supply routes. If we are able to do this,
we will be facilitating greater political activities at the local level,
facilitating the delivery of humanitarian relief assistance and
enabling local economic activities, he noted.
He emphasized the need to recognize the role of women in the
reconstruction of Somalia is not forgotten. Through its Gender, Child
Protection and Human Rights Unit, AMISOM is to ensure awareness
and gendered protection of human rights across Somalia.

Amabsaador Sidikou said, Lets talk human rights. This is another


area we will pay more attention to this year by ensuring that all our
operations are fully compliant with applicable and relevant
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law standards, in line
with the Secretary General of the United Nations Human Rights Due
Diligence Policy. In order to realize this, we will enhance our
engagement with UNSOM and relevant human rights institutions as
well
as
the
Somali
Government
and
non-governmental
organizations, to ensure the protection of women and girls from all
forms of violence. We will also be working to support women to
increase participation in politics especially the constitution review,
state formation and election process. The role of women in the
rebuilding of this country must be valued and recognized.
On the current political developments in Somalia, Amb. Sidikou
appealed to all stakeholders to ensure Cabinet approval is made as
soon as possible to allow for continuity of government programmes.
Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke is expected to
present his new Cabinet list to the Federal Parliament for approval in
the next few days.
END.