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Cablegate: Somalia: Instructions On Prst

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INFO UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: UNSC PREL SO XA XW
SUBJECT: SOMALIA: INSTRUCTIONS ON PRST

1. USUN is authorized to join consensus on the following
PRST on Somalia due to be adopted on September 4, 2008.

Begin text:

The Security Council welcomes the signing of a peace and
reconciliation Agreement ("the Djibouti Agreement") between
the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance
for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) in Djibouti on 19
August 2008, as well as the preliminary work undertaken by
the High Level Committee and the Joint Security Committee set
up under that Agreement, as well as recent political
developments. The Security Council expresses its
determination that the Agreement should provide the basis for
lasting peace, security and stability for the people of
Somalia, including the ultimate withdrawal of foreign forces.
The Security Council commends the efforts deployed by the
TFG and the ARS to this end and their commitment to peace.

The Security Council reaffirms its respect for the
sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence
and unity of Somalia.

The Security Council extends its gratitude to the Special
Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, and to the UN Political Office for
Somalia for mediating dialogue between the parties and
garnering their support for the political process. The
Security Council further expresses its gratitude to the
Government of Djibouti for hosting talks between the parties.

The Security Council calls on the parties to meet all
elements of their Agreement in full. In particular, the
Council underlines the crucial importance of the parties
taking all necessary measures to ensure, without delay, the
unhindered humanitarian access and assistance to the Somali
people, and of the parties and their allies terminating all
acts of armed confrontation. The Security Council states its
support for the implementation of the Agreement and its
intention to review that implementation continuously.

The Security Council reiterates its strong support for the
African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and urges again the
international community to provide financial resources,
personnel, equipment and services for the full deployment of
AMISOM.

The Security Council takes note of the parties' request in
the Djibouti Agreement that the United Nations, within a
period of 120 days, authorise and deploy an international
stabilisation force. The Council further notes, in this
regard, communiqus by the Peace and Security Council of the
African Union of 29 June 2008, 8 August 2008 and 20 August
2008.

The Security Council, acknowledging recent, positive
continued political developments progress in the wake of the
Djibouti Agreement as confirmed by SRSG Mr Ould-Abdallah,
reaffirms its willingness, as set out in its resolution 1814
(2008), to consider, at an appropriate time, a United Nations
peacekeeping operation to take over from AMISOM, subject to
progress in the political process and improvement in the
security situation on the ground.

The Security Council recalls the Secretary-General's
contingency planning for a United Nations integrated
peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which recommends that plans
are put in place for the deployment of an international
stabilisation force, in the framework of the approach
presented by the Secretary-General in his report of 14 March
2008 (S/2008/178).

In this regard, the Security Council requests that the
Secretary-General elaborate on his contingency plans and
provide, in consultation with the parties and other relevant
stakeholders, a detailed and consolidated description of a
feasible multinational force, its mandate and derived tasks,
to include inter alia the size and geographical scope of that
force, progressively deployed, and, in this context, further
provide a detailed concept of operations for a feasible
United Nations peacekeeping operation.

The Security Council further requests the Secretary-General
urgently to identify and approach States that might
contribute the financial resources, personnel, equipment and
services required, stands ready to support the
Secretary-General in this regard, and calls upon States to
respond favourably.

The Security Council requests the Secretary-General to report
on the implementation of the Djibouti Agreement by the
parties, including an update on the conditions on the ground,
as well as on his planning, including discussions with
potential contributing States, within 60 days.
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