Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK has pledged to the African Union to establish AMISOM in Somalia; and what assistance the UK is planning to provide to (a) the National Security and Stabilization Plan and (b) the part of the plan relating to the re-establishment and training of all-inclusive Somali security forces.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

In addition to advisory support to the African Union (AU) through our Representation to the AU, based in our Embassy in Addis Ababa, we are considering a significant financial contribution in this financial year to help fund the cost of the mission. We will consider further support as detailed plans for the mission develop.

We welcomed the adoption, by the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia, of the National Security and Stabilization Plan last July. The Transitional Federal Government now have a window of opportunity to implement the plan. We will work with our international partners to identify areas where we will be able to assist with the development of Somalia's security sector.

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