New EU support for governance, justice and police in Somalia

EUBRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, May 7, 2013- African Press Organization (APO) – Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, today announced that the European Union will further support the justice system and police force in Somalia with €44 million. The pledge was made during the Somalia conference in London, which aims to provide support for the Government of Somalia as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict. The EU has been a long-time partner to Somalia, with more than 1.2 billion euro provided since 2008 to support the Somali people basic needs and improve the security of the country.

Security goes hand in hand with justice and the rule of law. A credible justice system will be crucial to establishing a safer environment, rebuilding the trust of the people in the state and reconciling the nation. Equal and fair access to justice and an independent judiciary system are a pre-requisite for a viable state. These €44 million will be used for the strengthening of governance, including the police and justice. Half of the amount will be for security sector reform, to train and equip police officers, judiciary and custodial corps, among others. “In Somalia, like anywhere else, there can be no development without security. Over the last year, we have seen some encouraging advances. Larger territories are under the authority of the Federal Government, displaced people are able to go back home. Our new support demonstrates the EU’s continues to be the first partner of Somalia’s return to stability, security and prosperity”, said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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