Council Conclusions on Somalia 2800th External Relations Council meeting

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Brussels, 14 May 2007. The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"1. The Council remains concerned about the situation in Somalia. In particular, it expresses its dismay over the humanitarian situation in Mogadishu and other parts of South and Central Somalia and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people with limited access to life-saving relief. The Council reiterates the obligation of all parties to comply with international humanitarian law and urges the Somali authorities to do their utmost to remove any obstacle to the free movement of aid and humanitarian relief workers into and throughout the country. It calls upon international donors to provide greater assistance for humanitarian and reconstruction work and upon the wider region to help facilitate the cross-border provision of aid to Somalia. The Council acknowledges the efforts of civil society actors to alleviate the humanitarian crisis. The EU will step up urgent humanitarian assistance to the population, including internally displaced people.

2. The Council welcomes the talks between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Ethiopia and the Hawiya leadership committee. The Council encourages all parties to show continued restraint and to consolidate the cessation of hostilities, paving the way for comprehensive cease-fire arrangements, including mechanisms for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration. The EU remains ready to assist in this process if requested.

3. The Council condemns the use of force by all sides and emphasises that the problems of Somalia can only be solved by political means, building on the Transitional Federal Charter. The EU reiterates the need for a genuine political process, as set out in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1744 (2007). In particular, the EU renews its urgent appeal to the Transitional Federal Institutions to engage in an inclusive, meaningful and consensual dialogue involving all sections of Somali society. The Council expects the Transitional Federal Institutions to convene the National Reconciliation Congress (NRC) as soon as possible. It reiterates its readiness to support the Congress financially and otherwise, provided that the TFG will ensure an all inclusive and transparent process.

4. The Council reaffirms its support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in creating the conditions for the stabilisation of the country and an early withdrawal of Ethiopian forces. The EU is committed to support AMISOM's planning and operational capacity, including the potential development of its role in the monitoring and verification of a ceasefire. It calls on all Somali actors to work with AMISOM to help achieve these aims. Recalling the EU's and Member States' financial and planning support for AMISOM, the Council calls on all international partners to provide further financial, logistic and technical support for AMISOM and on those African troop-contributing countries not yet on the ground in Somalia to deploy as soon as possible."