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Somalia: Ethiopia

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal advice he has (a) commissioned and (b) received on the death of civilian workers on projects funded by the UK in Somalia resulting from interaction between the governments of Somalia and Ethiopia and UK-supported activities. (204947)

No legal advice has been commissioned or received on this subject.

The majority of UK funding for Somalia is channelled through the UN Development Programme and other UN agencies. Any civilian staff working for these projects do so under UN terms and conditions of employment and follow the security advice given by the UN Department for Safety and Security.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what political, diplomatic and military support (a) the UK and (b) the EU has provided to (i) Ethiopia in support of its role in Somalia, (ii) Ethiopia and (iii) Somalia in the last two years. (204948)

Neither the UK nor the EU provide any political, diplomatic or military support for Ethiopia for its role in Somalia.

Both the UK and the EU maintain full diplomatic relations with Ethiopia. Neither the UK nor the EU provide any military support, but where suitable opportunities arise and we are satisfied that human rights concerns are being met, the UK remains interested in assisting Ethiopia to develop its internal security infrastructure.

Both the UK and the EU support the Transitional Federal Institutions of Somalia as established by the Transitional Federal Charter, including the Transitional Federal Government. The UK does not currently have formal diplomatic accreditation to Somalia, but we maintain a high level of contact with members of the Somali Government. Neither the UK nor the EU provide any military support to Somalia.