The U.N. secretary-general says uncertainties remain about whether a U.N. peacekeeping force in Somalia is the right tool to support the new government's efforts to establish itself and promote national reconciliation.
Ban Ki-moon called the current climate in Somalia volatile and extremely dangerous.
The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution in December expressing its intention to establish a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia, but putting off a decision for several months in order to assess the volatile situation in the Horn of Africa nation. The council said the decision should be made by June 1.
Ban said in his quarterly report to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that he would provide further advice and recommendations on the deployment of a peacekeeping operation by April 15.