The victory of the Islamic Courts Union over the warlords in Mogadishu and other towns in Central Somalia is an important development. The UK continues to support the Transitional Federal Institutions in pursuing dialogue, reconciliation and stable governance in Somalia in accordance with the Transitional Federal Charter. We will continue to provide assistance to Somalia within this framework. We urge all states in the region to respect the UN arms embargo on Somalia and refrain from supplying armaments, which exacerbate conflict there. We encourage the Transitional Federal government to engage with the Islamic Courts Union and welcome the fact that both sides have made conciliatory statements.