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Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance the Government have provided for the deployment of the African Union force in Somalia in the (a) last and (b) current financial year; and if he will make a statement. (243876)

In financial year 2007-08, the UK committed £8.3 million support to AMISOM (the African Union force in Somalia). This included assistance with Ugandan and Burundian troop sustainment (fuel, food, rotation costs, airlift); assistance with Burundian troop allowances; and supplies to the Ugandan battalions (trucks, vehicle spares etc).

We have allocated and expect to provide around £9 million of assistance this financial year, including further support to Burundian troops. We will keep this sum under review, in the light of the situation on the ground in Somalia and of discussions in the UN Security Council on the UN role.

The UK also contributes to the EU's African peace facility, which has provided funds of €19.7 million (euros) to AMISOM between March 2007 and December 2008. A further €20 million (euros) will be provided in 2009.