19 December 2012

Somalia: Commissioner Meets Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs

The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, Mr. Espen Barth Eide, in his office at AU Headquarters, to exchange views on the AU's perspectives on future Peace and Security in Africa.

They also discussed the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)/AU, to be marked next year, on May 25th, 2013. Their talks also focused on post-conflict reconstruction, development efforts and peace building in Somalia.

Commissioner Lamamra highlighted the security challenges arising from the demobilization of Al-Shabaab insurgents and the issue of piracy. The two officials exchanged views on the need for supporting institution building in Somalia, including the importance of Security Sector Reform. They paid tribute to the Transitional Federal Government forces and to the troops and leadership of the African Union Mission in Somalia, for their commitment and courage. They further stressed the need for enhanced cooperation between the AU and all stakeholders. The Ambassador of Norway, Odd-Inge Kvalheim, and other senior officials attended the discussion.

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