José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC, meets with Abdiweli Mohamed ALI, Prime Minister of Somalia:
roundtable and extracts from the joint press briefing
Première transmission: 21/02/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC
Fin de production: 21/02/2012
Abdiweli Mohamed ALI, Prime Minister of Somalia visits José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC before attempting the London conference on Somalia on 23 February.
40 governments will be represented, along with multi-lateral organisations al, plus the World Bank, the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development, the Organisation of Islamic Conference, and the League of Arab States.
The international community hopes to agree a series of practical measures which will be published in the form of a communiqué at the end of the conference
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Handshake between José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC and Abdiweli Mohamed Ali,Somalian Prime Minister
||Abdiweli Mohamed Ali and José Manuel Barroso
||Arrival at the press room
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (In English) saying that: I have reaffirmed to Prime Minister Abdiweli the EU is firmly committed to continue assisting Somalia to restore peace and stability so that all Somalis have the chance to live a better live. European Union is already doing a lot and is at the forefront of the support to Somalia and its people.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (In English) saying that:Let me recall that we are the lead donor, with 15 million Euros allocated for 2008-2013, funding activities on governance, education and economic development. We are also the first humanitarian actor in the region; we showed it again by our swift reaction provided on emergency support when the famine stroked Somalia over the summer.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (In English) saying that: Today we understand there is a need for an increase number of troops to help secure the country. Ahead of the London conference, I'm happy to say the EU stands ready to mobilize additional resources ton enable an increase of the number of troops pending a decision of the United Nation Security Council. Our effort will be substantial but will only cover part of the increase needs so I call on the other donors and international communities to step up their assistance.
||SOUNDBITE by Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (In English) saying that: The EU is a major donor and key partner to Somalia. It's an honour to be so warmly received here today in Brussels. Somalia is emerging from a long difficult period. Today I provided an update of the huge progress made in the area of security, political reconciliation, constitutional making process and the development of good governance institutions.
||SOUNDBITE by Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (In English) saying that:I'm encouraged by the enthusiasm, the energy, the willingness and the interest shown to me and my country. I'm hopeful that Somalia will reclaim its role in the international landscape. Somalia is moving from an era of lawlessness, chaos, extremisms to an era of peace and stability.
||Speakers leaving the press room