Oral Answers to Questions — Somalia

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25 April 2001.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Clare Short Clare Short Secretary of State, Department for International Development 12:00, 25 April 2001

I am afraid that the transitional Government are based on an agreement to bring order and government, but that has not yet been achieved. We need to support this effort. David Stevens, the United Nations Secretary General's special representative in Somalia, is hopeful about the new arrangements. Through the UN, we need to support the transitional Government in creating order, and then some co-operation with Puntland, to move forward development in Somalia. I agree with my hon. Friend's objective, but we need a bit more progress before we can have full-blooded development.