France/London Somalia conference
The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, M. Alain Juppé, will participate in the London Somalia Conference on 23 February.
This conference must mark a new stage in the international community’s action to support peace and reconstruction in Somalia.
It is an important time for Somalia, with the transition due to be completed on 20 August. The international community’s continued commitment will be conditional upon this transition. There’s still a great deal of work to be done to achieve the objectives set out in the road map signed in Mogadishu on 6 September 2011.
France has supported AMISOM – notably by training its various contingents – since its initial deployment in 2007. This African Union mission does courageous and essential work, but making Somalia safe also requires training Somali soldiers in order ultimately to guarantee the Somalian authorities’ autonomy in this area. France contributes to the efforts of the European mission, EUTM, which should integrate soldiers from all regions of Somalia.
The unity of Somalia requires strengthened dialogue between the various Somali entities. The international community – in particular the EU – already provides substantial assistance to Somalia. This assistance should particularly focus on strengthening the rule of law.
We’re referring to pirates’ prosecution and incarceration, which are crucial to ending the impunity currently prevailing in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. That’s why France is engaged, at the bilateral level as well as within the European framework, in actions that are helping to strengthen Somalia’s maritime and judicial capacities. The fight against piracy goes hand in hand with support for the creation of a genuine state in Somalia. This is in the interests of the Somali people. It’s also in our interest./.