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Friday, 08 February 2013

Rompuy: “EU will stand by Somalia”

“The EU will stand by Somalia in its endeavour for a better future.”, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said to President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on 30 January.
This declaration was made, on the occasion of Somalis president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visit in Brussels. In his visit to the EP, president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made a plea for the MEPs on the Development and Foreign Affairs committees to support his country:  “Somalia has been without a functioning state for 22 years” and its new government urgently needs EU assistance to help it build “strong state institutions”. EU humanitarian aid “helped to save millions of lives” in Somalia but a new approach is now needed to consolidate the Somali state, he said.
Mr. Rompuy also underlined that in the period of 2008 – 2013, EU will have provided €517 million to help Somalis authorities for strengthening governance, the rule of law, education and economic activities.
Moreover, the EU has extended the mandate of the EU training mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) to a further two years, as the previous and second mandate, which began in 2010, was due to end this February.
The mission will continue training Somali soldiers with the hope that they can ultimately take over security responsibilities in the war-torn country. The new mandate will end on March 31, 2015 and is estimated to cost Euro11.6m

Source: New Europe

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