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Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) training Ugandan and Burundian soldiers to serve in the Amisom force and (b) funding Amisom operations in Somalia in each of the last three years.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The British Government often trains alongside or assists in the training of other nations' troops. The United Kingdom's support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is funded through the Conflict Pool, not the Defence budget.

The Conflict Pool, which is constructed from joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence (MOD) funding, has provided funding for MOD support to the training of the armed forces of Uganda and Burundi serving in AMISOM as follows:

£
Uganda Burundi
2008-09 0 0
2009-10 0 25,000
2010-11 430,000 199,000

Technical support to AMISOM operations is also funded through the Conflict Pool and paid for by both the FCO and the MOD. It has amounted to:

£
2008-09 98,100
2009-10 796,000
2010-11 3,450,000

These figures exclude the UK's assessed contributions to the United Nations and European Union support to AMISOM. These are paid by the FCO.

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