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Brussels, 23 April 2009

International Donor Conference on Somalia Security - European Commission pledges to commit 72 Million Euros

Today an International Donor Conference on Security in Somalia, co-chaired by the United Nations and the African Union, was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels. This conference aimed to assist Somalia's new government to establish increased security and stability across the country and to tackle the root causes of piracy in the international waters off its coastline.

The European Commission has pledged to commit 72 M€ to assist with security in Somalia: 60 M€ for AMISOM, the mission of the African Union in Somalia to assist some 6,000 soldiers by the end of 2009 and 12 M€ for police forces from the Rule of Law Programme of the 10th EDF. This amount is approximately half of the funds requested by the United Nations today.

In addition, the European Commission has pledged to commit more generally for Somalia:

  • An additional 18 M€ from the 10th EDF for the rule of law programme;
  • 48 M€ in humanitarian aid (30 M€ from reserve and 18 M€ from the 2009 budget).

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