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Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a further statement concerning the refusal of the British Government to supply arms to Somalia;(2) why the British Government are refusing to supply arms to Somalia;(3) what request he has received from the Government of Somalia for arms.

We do not supply arms to Somalia or Ethiopia as we favour a peaceful negotiated settlement to their dispute. We have, however, undertaken a new aid programme to Somalia initially for £2 million, and we are considering with the Somali Government further ways we can help their civil development programme.