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Somalia: Armed Conflict

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to enhance stability in Somalia in order to facilitate the delivery of aid; and if he will make a statement. (225964)

The United Nations Security Council Presidential Statement of 4 September 2008 requested the Secretary-General: elaborate on his contingency plans for an international force in Somalia; asked that he report back to the Council in 60 days on options for the force; and asked that he approach potential contributors of financial resources, personnel and equipment. I await his report with interest.

Despite the difficult security situation, the Department for International Development has pledged over £20 million in new commitments in 2008, including £12 million to World Food Programme who are distributing over 15,000 metric tonnes of food aid a month.