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FILE: A meeting of the United Nations Security Council in progress at the UN headquarters in New York City on April 14, 2024. /CFP

Somalia elected to UN Security Council

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Somalia will take a seat at the United Nations Security Council for the first time in 53 years after it was elected alongside four other nations to the top organ on Thursday. The Horn of Africa nation last served in the Council in 1972.

Besides Somalia, the UN General Assembly also elected Denmark, Greece, Pakistan and Panama to the Council. The five will serve as non-permanent members for two years starting January 1, 2025.

The five will replace Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, and Switzerland, whose terms end on December 31, 2024.

The new members will join existing non-permanent members Algeria, Guyana, the Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, and Slovenia, whose terms started on January 1, 2024.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud warmly welcomed his country’s election as a member of the Security Council, noting that the move points to the progress the nation has achieved in development and governance.

“The diplomatic success we achieved today reflects how the world is witnessing the efforts and development of Somalia, especially the recovery and reconstruction of our country. It is an opportunity that we can take advantage of to contribute to the safety and security of the world,” he said.

Other leaders from the Horn of Africa nation also conveyed congratulatory messages.

Former president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said the election was a culmination of efforts that began in 2018.

On his part, Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre said Somalia’s election into the Council “highlights our government’s commitment to global security and peace.”

The United Nations in Somalia also congratulations, noting Somalia is uniquely placed to contribute to the Council’s future deliberations.

“Somalia has come a long way over the past three decades on its path to peace, prosperity, and security.  Election to a seat on the Security Council is recognition of that commendable progress,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan.

“Somalia’s experiences place it in a unique position to contribute to Council deliberations on international peace and security,” he added.

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