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Somalia: Armed Conflict

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of the fighting in Mogadishu on 19 March 2008; what assessment he has made of such reports; and if he will make a statement. (199222)

There was an insurgent attack on an Ethiopian base near a livestock market in northern Mogadishu on 19 March 2008. During the fighting eight people are reported to have been killed, including two civilians.

The Government are concerned about the ongoing violence in Mogadishu and call on all parties to renounce violence and commit to resolving their differences through dialogue. We support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia to facilitate such dialogue.