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Statement by Minister for Africa on the Kampala Accord

Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham: "The British Government now expects the signatories to fully honour their obligations."

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Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham said:

“I welcome the leadership of President Museveni, the African Union, the Inter Governmental Authority on Development, and I particularly commend the work of the UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Mahiga, to help resolve the political in-fighting among the leadership of the Transitional Federal Institutions through the Kampala Accord.

“The British Government now expects the signatories of that agreement to fully honour their obligations, including the prompt appointment and approval of a new Prime Minister and Cabinet.

“I look forward to the outcome of the forthcoming consultation meeting in Mogadishu, part of the process begun by the SRSG Mahiga in April, where I expect the leadership of the TFIs to play their part in bringing stability to Somalia.

“The TFIs must build on the territorial gains recently made by AMISOM and TFG-aligned militias in parts of Mogadishu and elsewhere, by working transparently and without further obstruction to deliver for the benefit of the Somali people, including putting their own resources to use. The leadership of the TFIs, in consultation with a wide range of Somali groups, must now secure broad political agreement on what will succeed the TFIs in August 2012.

“A failure to deliver on these key requirements could jeopardise UK and international support for the TFIs. Furthermore, I reiterate the UNSC’s clear message that individuals or groups that persist in impeding the political process may face international sanction.”

Published 22 June 2011