Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of the Mandate Reauthorization of the UN Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM)

Ambassador Richard Mills
U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
August 30, 2021


Thank you, Mr. President, and let me welcome you to the Council, as well.

Let me begin by saying the United States would like to commend the penholder for the cooperative spirit in which they led this process, in our view. The United States voted in favor of this resolution, because we remain committed to Somalia. We commend SRSG Swan’s work and his leadership which has supported progress in Somalia’s electoral process. The United States supports this resolution, because tailored, appropriate support and assistance from UNSOM to the Somali people remains critical during this time of political transition.

This is a moment of tremendous opportunity for Somalia, and we would urge the Federal Government of Somalia to continue promoting cooperation with the Federal Member States, and to closely coordinate with all partners to ensure their missions and UNSOM’s remain fit for purpose. This will help Somalia resume work on stabilizing the country, addressing terrorism, and providing security for its people.

Let me end, Mr. President, by reaffirming that the United States is committed to promoting the security and prosperity of the Somalian people.

Thank you very much.