Monday, February 22, 2016

Istanbul to Host Global Meet for Humanitarian Aid to Somalia

Ankara, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina)Turkey is set to host a global meeting focused on humanitarian aid to Somalia, which is scene to persistently high and alarming levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in the conflict ridden country.

The New Deal for Somalia process was launched by the international community to ensure the coordination of international aid disbursement, enhance its effectiveness and reinforce Somali ownership with a view to maintaining peace and state-building in Somalia, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement released today.

The High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia is the highest decision making mechanism of this process, in which the Somali government, the United Nations and key donor countries are parties, the ministry said.

The sixth meeting of the forum will be held at the ministerial level on Feb. 23-24 in Istanbul, it said. The forum will be co-chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

"The High-Level Partnership Forum on Somalia will be a concrete manifestation of the comprehensive policy that Turkey pursues in cooperation with the international community towards the establishment of the state institutions, as well as peace and stability, in Somalia," the Foreign Ministry said.

The forum is expected to be attended by 50 countries and 12 international organizations as well as the federal government of Somalia and the leaders of regional Somali governments where more than 5 million people are affected or 40 percent of the population by food insecurity and malnutrition.

The security situation, peace and state-building efforts, political reconciliation, federalization, democratization and election processes, constitutional reform, financial issues and socio-economic development in Somalia will be discussed at the forum.

The officials transmitted to the Somali government its recognization for holding elections at the end of this year and the importance of this meeting in Turkey to channel international aid.