Somalia: Terrorism

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th 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 assessment she has made of (a) recent attacks on Mogadishu's airport and (b) the effect such attacks will have on the work of African Union peacekeepers in Somalia.

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

We have noted that mortar attacks on Mogadishu airport have taken place, most recently on 6 March. Despite efforts by the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia some rogue elements continue to mount limited attacks. We condemn those responsible for the recent attacks in Mogadishu and call on all parties to reject violence and commit to peaceful dialogue.

We cannot predict the effect any further attacks will have on the work of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). However, we hope that the arrival of the AMISOM will help to improve security in Somalia.

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