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London Somalia Conference: Luxembourg participation

Published Tuesday May 07 2013

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn participated in the Conference on Somalia held in London on Tuesday, 7th May 2013.

The Somalia Conference was co-chaired by the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and by the President of Somalia, Sheikh Hassan Mohamoud. Overall, fifty delegations participated in the conference: a number of government representatives and multilateral organisations like the United Nations, the African Union (AU) the European Union (EU), the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League.

The Conference was held at a seminal moment, given Somalia’s significant progress over the last few months both at a political and security level. On the political level, the transition that was started in 2004 ended in September 2012 and new institutions were put into place. The security situation of the country also improved. While considerable progress was made, the remaining challenges are formidable. The holding of this conference bears witness to the will of the international community to stand by Somalia to tackle these challenges.

In this context, the conference allowed to take stock of the country’s current situation and concentrated on the long-term engagement of the international community for Somalia, in a perspective of continuing efforts for the stabilisation of this country which has suffered the effects of civil war since 1991.

Discussions primarily focused on the ways and means for the international community to give political and financial support to the Somali government’s policies. These policies were presented at the conference and are articulated along the four priorities of security, justice, public financial management and political stability. The conference brought consensus on the importance of the partnership between Somalia and the international community, which committed to provide coordinated and continuous support to the implementation of the federal government’s strategies.

Luxembourg was invited to the Conference in recognition of its interest in Somalia and because of the recognition by the international community of Luxembourg’s commitment to Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Luxembourg participates in the EU maritime operation fighting against piracy in the Indian Ocean (EUNAVFOR ATALANTA) through the provision of two maritime surveillance aircraft. Luxembourg also participated in the EU mission for training of Somali security forces (EUTM Somalia). Furthermore, from 2006 to this day, Luxembourg has contributed more than EUR 4.5 million to humanitarian programmes for Somalia, as well as EUR 8.5 million in favour of the Horn of Africa. In 2013, Luxembourg also contributed EUR 500,000 to the UN High Commission for Refugees.

On this occasion, Luxembourg announced a new contribution of EUR 500,000 to support security sector reform in Somalia.

Address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Conference