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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: European Union Helping to Increase Security in Horn of Africa Region and Somalia

16.11.2011

No. 367-E

Estonia supports the approval of the Strategy for the Horn of Africa, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said at the meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels. The foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa region, including Somalia.

“Taking into consideration the worsening humanitarian and security situation in the Horn of Africa countries, especially Somalia, the rapid implementation of the strategy is essential for stabilising the region,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

In discussing the state of affairs in Somalia, the foreign minister stated that the situation is very complicated and increasing security is the primary goal. “We feel that the European Union should be better co-ordinated in carrying out its goals in Somalia to ensure that aid can arrive on time and without obstacles,” he added.

Estonia has supported the improvement of the situation in the Horn of Africa with donations of humanitarian aid and has decided to continue the involvement of it vessel protection detachment in the anti-piracy operation ATALANTA.


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