BRUSSELS, June 26 (KUNA) -- The Federal Government of Somalia and the
European Union are to co-host "The New Deal For Somalia Conference" in
Brussels on 16 September, the EU announced here tonight.
The international conference will endorse a new programme that will commit
the Somali people and their international partners to a set of key priorities
and new support for the reconstruction of Somalia over the next three years.
"The situation in Somalia has been transformed over the past year. There is
now a real atmosphere of activity, emerging governance and hope," said EU High
Representative Catherine Ashton in a statement.
President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said in
the joint statement that "all Somalis must seize this opportunity to galvanise
international support to aid our recovery. We have this one chance to ensure
that over the next three years we build on the momentum of progress and remove
any threat of a return to anarchy and conflict." (end)
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