Deputy Prime Minister Jean Asselborn participates in the Conference on Somalia in Istanbul
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, participated in the Conference on Somalia which took place in Istanbul on 31 May and 1 June 2012.
After the London Conference of last February, the objective of this new conference was to reiterate the international consensus on action required to finalise the transition period and sketch ways forward in the political and economic realms for the post-August 2012 period.
In his intervention, the head of Luxembourg’s diplomacy underlined the necessity of an inclusive and representative process, allowing the country to give itself political institutions that lay the groundwork of a long-term viable State, notably a constitution, a parliament and a president, for the situation to improve in a sustainable manner. Only meeting all these conditions will allow for durable progress in terms of security and development. It is of particular importance that these new institutions be legitimate, stable and representative and that the foundation be laid in Somalia for the rule of law, based on the respect of the law and the principles of good governance. To conclude, the Minister of Foreign Affairs underscored that Luxembourg will continue supporting Somalia in its path towards stabilisation, be it on a political, security or humanitarian level.
Luxembourg’s participation in this conference takes place in line with its desire to consolidate and reconfirm the long-term engagement in favour of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Luxembourg participates in the EU naval operation against piracy in the Indian Ocean (EUNAVFOR ATALANTA) by placing two maritime surveillance aircraft at the disposal of the mission. Luxembourg also participated in the EU’s mission to train Somali security forces (EUTM Somalia). Finally, Luxembourg contributed more than EUR 4.5 million to humanitarian programmes in favour of Somalia, as well as EUR 5.5 million in favour of the Horn of Africa.