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East Africa: Peace Negotiations

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the merits of convening a regional conference on East Africa and related countries to include Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Kenya to discuss common objectives towards peace in that region; and if he will make a statement. (203500)

The Government will continue to work closely with countries in East Africa on regional as well as other issues. We have no plans to convene a conference of all these countries to discuss peace across the whole region. These countries, along with Djibouti, are the constituent members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). IGAD was created in 1996 as an intergovernmental body for development in the East and Horn of Africa. The African Union has also identified IGAD as one of Africa’s sub-regional intergovernmental organisations that can help contribute to peace and security in Africa. The Government actively support IGAD’s work to promote peace and stability across the region.