MOGADISHU, Somalia — UN special envoy for Somalia, James Swan says insecurity still remains a major challenge to progress in Somalia.
Swan briefing the UN Security Councile, said that Al Shabaab continued to execute deadly terrorist attacks against civilians as well as military targets.
He said the Somali National Army, with support from AMISOM and international partners began operations in April to recapture territory from al Shabaab in Lower Shabelle region to disrupt attacks in Mogadishu.
He added that after its last offensive in August, the Somali National Army has successfully held its ground despite repeated al Shabaab counter attacks.
He called for an additional force generation is required not only to continue these advances but also to support other institutional reforms needed to implement the Security Transition Plan.