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Policy Paper of the United Kingdom of GreatBritain and Northern Ireland on Regional Stabilityin Eastern Africa concerning the Situation inSomalia (Delegate: Claudia Kurze)The United Kingdom is committed to Somalia and the Somali people over the long-term. The currentForeign Secretary, William Hague, visited Mogadishu. He is the first British Foreign Minister to do soin 20 years. During the visit he appointed the first British Ambassador to Somalia for 21 years. The UKintends to open an embassy in Mogadishu, when security conditions permit. The UK is working withinternational partners and leading Security Council efforts to achieve a more peaceful and stableSomalia. This includes, support to the Transitional Federal Government and its efforts on politicalreconciliation under the Djibouti Peace Process, assistance to the African Union peacekeepingmission in Somalia, AMISOM, and the provision of humanitarian and development assistance. The UKis also at the forefront of activities to address the problem of piracy.The UK seeks to generate an effective and concerted international approach outside Somalia thataddresses the causes of the conflict and a new political process inside Somalia that meets the needsof all Somalis. The UK wants the international community to not extend the transitional institutionsin Mogadishu and instead demands help for Somalia to find a legitimate and representativearrangement.The UK is the third largest humanitarian donor to the current crisis. The UK’s £124.29 million packageof support includes emergency assistance to 3 million people across the region. The UK wants tohighlight the need of donating money continuously to Somalia as well as to find more durablesolutions for refugees.Concerning the issue of Piracy the UK is at the forefront of activities to combat the problem of piracyoff the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden. The Royal Navy has deployed warships to the Hornof Africa to deter and disrupt piracy and protect merchant shipping. They are also at the forefront ofthe European Union’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta, providing the operation’s Commander andHeadquarters in Northwood, near London. The UK asks for regulations that allow the transport ofpirates to Somalia and their imprisonment as well as support for the development of regionalmaritime capacity in Somalia.Furthermore the UK wants to highlight the importance of African countries that volunteer in takingpart in the peace-keeping mission. It is necessary that the international community should support asustainable funding package for African nations who have shown great courage to ensure regularfunding.Moreover the international community should agree a coordinated international package of supportto Somalia’s regions that complements work on peace and stability at the national level. This willinclude a set of principles to guide how we support these areas, and the establishment of a multidonorFund designed to respond rapidly to facilitate local level peace agreements, develop localadministrations, and improve service delivery in order to demonstrate to local people that there is atangible dividend to peace. This will help to extend the legitimacy and reach of government.


Ahead of us there is a long and slow process to solve this complex issue. We will need to build on andsupport the work of the UN, AU, NGOs and the vital role of civil society in Somali and we will requiresustained political commitment and concrete action, including from Somalia’s political leaders.

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