OVER $250 MILLION (£172 MILLION) PLEDGED TO BOOST SECURITY IN SOMALIA


International donors have pledged more than $250m (£172m) to boost security in Somalia, an EU official says. Louis Michel, the EU commissioner for aid and development, declared the Brussels conference a “full success”, saying it had reached its target.

fundsThe money is to help Somalia build up its security forces, fight piracy, and restore order on land and sea. The European Commission promised to provide about a quarter of the promised funds. “Piracy is not a water-borne disease. It is a symptom of anarchy and insecurity on the ground ”
Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General

The conference, which was chaired by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union, was held against the background of rampant piracy off the coast of Somalia. But the UN chief said that aid was needed to restore security and stability in a state which hashad no central government since 1991 and is mired in conflict.

“Piracy is not a water-borne disease. It is a symptom of anarchy and insecurity on the ground,” he said. “Dealing with it requires an integrated strategy that addresses the fundamental issue of lawlessness in Somalia.” More than one million people have been made homeless by fighting in the past two years and one-third of the population depends on food aid to survive.

SOURCED FROM BBC


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