Executive Secretary HE Eng. Mahboub M. Maalim describes IGAD’s role in trying to support peace and statebuilding in Somalia. He stresses that establishing a government has been IGAD’s main achievement and that this is the right entry point for wider international involvement. He explains how and why Somalia’s neighbours have shouldered responsibilities to restore a functioning government and calls for more international support for IGAD’s initiative.
If such support were available, Somalis would be able to set their own priorities for dealing with insurgents and bringing about stability. It is their country; they know the terrain and the issues.
Mahboub M. Maalim
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Before taking up office, had you ever been personally affected by or professionally involved in efforts to resolve conflict in Somalia?