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Statement by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the Somalia Conference, London, 7 May 2013

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to speak today at this high-level conference which is taking place in London already for the second successive year.

Measures implemented by the Federal Government of Somalia with the aim of achieving normalization of the situation in the country deserve a positive assessment. Today, the tasks that come to the fore are ensuring security and the rule of law in areas that have been freed from extremists; restoring the normal way of life; providing efficient governance; and creating conditions for economic development of the country. At the same time, it is of primary importance to maintain the positive dynamics of the peace process, without diminishing the efforts aimed at effectively countering terrorism and piracy.

Touching upon the issue of combatting piracy, I would like to mention that from our point of view, the search for ways of ensuring prosecution of pirates retains its key importance as a major factor of the effectiveness of combatting piracy. We intend to continue cooperation with partners on this track, including within the framework of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

Russia actively participates in the consolidated international efforts aimed at providing support to Somalia, including those within the framework of the UN Security Council. We have supported the UN SC decision to prolong till 28 February 2014 the mandate of AMISOM, the Mission being the major stabilizing factor in the country.

We hope that the new UN political mission in Somalia will be established within the agreed time frame and will become a key structure in providing support to the Federal Government of Somalia in the areas of policy, peace-building, coordination of international aid, and including in implementing the reform of the security sector.

Russia has supported the suspension of the arms embargo with regard to the Federal Government of Somalia. However, we consider it important to demonstrate a responsible approach when it comes to military cooperation. Uncontrolled supply of armaments can only aggravate the risks of destabilizing the situation in the country which remains quite complicated.

Russia is taking practical measures aimed at supporting Somalia and Somalia refugees in the neighboring countries. In 2011-2012, our specially allocated contributions to the respective UN agencies amounted to more than 10 mln USD. This year, we are considering the possibility of providing further contribution to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), namely 1 mln USD for Somalia. Moreover, following the request of the Government of Somalia, the Russian Federation is ready to provide assistance in training police staff through specialized programmes of the Russian Ministry of the Interior.

We intend to continue cooperation with the Federal Government of Somalia and with the international community, including within the framework of the UN Security Council, with the aim of ensuring a sustainable settlement of the situation in Somalia.


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