U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made his second trip to Somalia’s capital on Wednesday, walking around the seaside airport complex in a dark business suit.
Ban’s fashion choices are not typically newsworthy but are significant in Mogadishu: On his trip in 2011, he wore a U.N.-branded bullet-proof vest.
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United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon visited Mogadishu, Somalia & met with the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC) Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif.
The UN Secretary General walked around the fortified and tightly-guarded airport complex in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday.
He and World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim met with Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, according to a statement from Somalia’s presidency.
Ban’s choice of dress during Wednesday’s visit – a business suit – was seen as an indication of the improving security situation in the conflict-ridden Horn of Africa nation, even though Ban stayed inside the airport complex.
He wore a bulletproof jacket during his last visit to Mogadishu in 2011, in the midst of a famine in which more than 250,000 people died.
For more on this story, visit: UN head Ban Ki-Moon visits Somalia | News | DW.DE | 29.10.2014.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations. It was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council on 19th January 2007 with an initial six month mandate.
AMISOM replaced and subsumed the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace Support Mission to Somalia or IGASOM, which was a proposed Inter-Governmental Authority on Development protection and training mission in Somalia approved by the African Union in September 2006.IGASOM was also approved by the United Nations Security Council.
Originally IGASOM was proposed for immediate implementation in March 2005 to provide peacekeeping forces for the latest phase of the Somali Civil War. At that time, the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) had not yet taken control of Mogadishu, and most hopes for national unity lay with the Transitional Federal Government (TFG). By May 2006, the situation was radically different, as the ICU had recently engaged the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter Terrorism or ARPCT and was fighting for control of Mogadishu in the Second Battle of Mogadishu. By June, they had established control of the capital.
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