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PUNTLAND MARITIME POLICE FORCE HELPS SECURE THE 2ND SOMALIA NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL CONGRESS

February 21, 2012 – Bosaso, Puntland State of Somalia – The Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) recently returned from successfully securing the 2nd Somalia National Constitutional Congress (Garowe II) held in Garowe, Somalia from 15 – 18 February 2012.

Under the Command of Colonel Abdirizak Dirie Farah, the PMPF deployed in a 23-vehicle convoy that departed from Bosaso early morning on the 14th of February and arrived in Garowe shortly after dark that day.

Shortly before sunrise on the following day, grouped elements of the PMPF assumed positions at eight different locations throughout the city of Garowe, where they facilitated the movement and protection of Somali and international conference attendees as well as Garowe residents.

The PMPF secured Puntland State University, where under the leadership of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and Puntland President Farole a proposed Constitution for Somalia was drafted and signed.

Over a four-day period, approximately 500 delegates drawn from across Somalia painstakingly crafted the document, which was unveiled at 1 a.m. on the morning of February 18th.

President Farole directly thanked the PMPF in his conference speech, stating that, “this conference would not have been possible without the participation of the PMPF. We owe them a good result – and I think that we have done our jobs.”

Upon the completion of the conference, the PMPF returned to its base in Bosaso, covering the 450-kilometer journey without any vehicle mishaps or maintenance problems – a further testament to the unit’s high standards.

Colonel Abdirazak Dirie commented, “The PMPF’s contribution to securing the Garowe during the conference showcases the unit’s capability and professionalism.”

About the Puntland Maritime Police Force
The PMPF is a professional, locally-recruited coastal police force in the Puntland State of Somalia. The PMPF’s mission is to promote peace and stability in the region by deterring, detecting, and eradicating piracy, illegal fishing and other coastal crimes; protecting marine resources; and delivering much-needed humanitarian relief supplies to Puntland’s citizens.

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Media Contact:
Mr. Abdirazak Mohamed Mohamud
Project Coordinator
Presidential Office
Tel: +252-90-796179

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