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The United Nations Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) until March 2018.

According to a posting on the UN website, the Council extended the mandate Wednesday as it realized that UNSOM was supporting the political process in the country and it was encouraged by the enhanced inter-action between the Mission and civil society at the national and regional levels.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

The Security Council welcomed the commitment of the Government of Somalia to various national processes, including the immediate issues of allocating powers, sharing resources and revenues with federal member states and developing a political system and federal justice model.

It also commended the efforts of UN agencies and other humanitarian actors and donors in calling the possible famine early and in scaling up life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations.

Furthermore, the Council strongly condemned all violations and abuses against children in armed conflict and called on the Federal Government to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as action plans signed in 2012.

Source: NAM News Network