Somalia: famine emergency – Humanitarian aid already sent, but a new intervention is ready, says Frattini
ROME, Italy, July 27, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Italy is “doing a lot” to help Somalia, where international forces are coming up against the serious problem of local political instability. This was Minister Franco Frattini’s statement to the foreign press regarding a possible Italian intervention aimed at stepping up the air-lifting of food to the countries of the Horn of Africa struck by famine.
“A very serious issue”, Frattini said, “is the completely unstable political situation in Somalia. We are working; Secretary of StateMantica has just come back from Mogadishu”. “Italy has already done a lot for Somalia”, he added, “although this is not widely known. We have already sent urgently needed emergency supplies and are ready with another half million euro’s worth to be dispatched immediately with the next airlift”.
“In discussions two days ago in Brussels” – he concluded – “we also urged a European intervention in the Horn of Africa. In appreciation of our request, Europe decided to earmark supplementary funds for immediate aid amounting to several tens of millions of euro”.
Italy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs