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Somalia

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to promote peace and democracy in Somalia; what representations she has made to (a) the United Nations and (b) the Ethiopian Government on this issue; and what assessment she has made of the proposed UN resolution to partially lift the arms embargo on Somalia to allow for regional peacekeepers. (108887)

Together with our international partners we continue to support the Transitional Federal institutions, which are the internationally recognised means of restoring peace and democracy to Somalia. We work closely with partners in the UN Security Council and the International Contact Group on Somalia to try to achieve peace and stability there. We have close contact with the Government of Ethiopia about peace and stability in the horn of Africa and urge all countries in the region to respect the UN arms embargo on Somalia and to do nothing which could provoke violence there.

We support UN Security Council resolution 1725, adopted unanimously on 6 December 2006, which authorises the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union to establish a protection and training mission in Somalia and endorses the specification in the IGAD Deployment Plan that those states that border Somalia would not deploy troops to Somalia.