Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2008

Somalia / France / Canada / Operation Alcyon / WFP ships escort / Statement attributable to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs


 

Somalia / France / Canada / Operation Alcyon / WFP ships escort / Statement attributable to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 28, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Statement attributable to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

France welcomes the decision by the Canadian authorities to take over Operation Alcyon escorting World Food Program (WFP) ships. This operation was mounted at our initiative and we undertook the first escort missions in November 2007. Denmark and the Netherlands subsequently took over.

 

The first Canadian escort was on Sunday, August 24. We understand that the Canadian frigate will undertake escort missions for a month.

 

To date, 27 vessels have been escorted to Somalia and 112,000 metric tons of food aid have been shipped so as to feed nearly a million Somalis for six months.

 

Canada’s engagement will enable aid to continue to be safely delivered in a sharply deteriorating humanitarian situation which has led the WFP to plan to double its food aid over the next six months. More than 3.5 million Somalis, i.e. 40% of the population, rely on humanitarian aid at this time.

 

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SOURCE : France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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