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Horn of Africa

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

25. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the political situation in the Horn of Africa. (107329)

We are very concerned about the increasing tension in the Horn of Africa. The Union of Islamic Courts is threatening the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia. Tension continues between Ethiopia and Eritrea over their disputed border. Further conflict would have severe humanitarian consequences and could destabilise the entire region. We are working with international partners and regional Governments to achieve peaceful solutions to these disputes.