1. This is my third presentation to the Security Council since taking office more than nine months ago.
2. During my first presentation on 17 December, I proposed three options to the Council to address the Somali crisis. The first option was to continue ‘business as usual’ with massive assistance including humanitarian aid as we have done for the past 18 years. During the last ten years, the official amount of assistance given to Somalia is in the vicinity of 6 – 8 billion dollars. This approach has helped save millions of lives and should be commended and pursued. However its side effects can not be ignored and it can not be expected to bring lasting peace. Today more than three million Somalis live in exile, more than 800,000 are displaced and the violence continues. A second option was to withdraw from a country where we have yet to make a significant difference. I advanced a third approach to try something different: simultaneous political and security action. more