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Horn of Africa: EU

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2009, Official Report, column 2172, on the Horn of Africa: United Nations, what the outcome was of the European Union discussions in September on the appointment of a Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa. (293765)

A final decision has not been made on the appointment of an EU special representative to the Horn of Africa, but the issue was discussed briefly within the wider Somalia context at EU working group level on several occasions in September 2009. EU member states continue to endorse the conclusions from the General Affairs and External Relations Council of July 2009 and the possible appointment of a special representative continues to be viewed positively.