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Results of Somali conference in London:


Global leaders have called for urgent action on Somalia, warning that the world will “pay the price” for failing to help the country tackle its political instability, civil war and pirates.

Speaking at the conference in London along with dozen other leaders on Thursday, David Cameron, the British prime minister, said the “problem in Somalia is a complex jigsaw puzzle where every piece has to be put into place. It is all about the patient work of helping the Somali people to re-build their country from bottom-up,” he said.

Cameron concluded: “So, today, we have reached agreements on seven key areas: security, piracy, terrorism, humanitarian assistance, local stability, reinvigorating political process and international co-ordination.”

“If the rest of us just sit back and look on, we will pay a price for doing so.”

The participants at the meeting agreed a representative Somali government should replace the current Transitional Federal Government [TFG] after its term ends in August.

The humanitarian crisis:Worst famine in 60 years. More than 2.3 million people still dependent on food aid.
Fighting piracy: The waters off Somalia are some of the most dangerous in the world.
Tackling al-Shabab: The group controls large areas of the country and poses a major security threat.

Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, said the “time is ripe to fix Somali’s problems but it must be done by its citizens”.

“For decades, the world has focused on what we could prevent from happening in Somalia – be it conflict, famine, or other disasters. Now we are focused on what we can build. The opportunity is real,” she said.

Discussing Cameron’s speech, Nazanine Moshiri, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Mogadishu, said: “One of the most interesting points that he made was about political solution for Somalia. He made it clear that the end of mandate for TFG is August and it will not be extended.  Read more…

Somalia: will the London conference work for Somalis or conentrate on Western concerns?

Reuters Africa

By William Maclean


LONDON (Reuters) – African, Arab and Western nations worried by Somalia’s turmoil meet on Thursday to coordinate efforts against militants and pirates seen as growing threats to global security and ramp up measures to end famine and clan violence.

Sceptics say the London conference of 40 countries including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon risks producing fine words but no action: They point to ineffective similar gatherings in the past 20 years involving a corrupt Somali elite skilled in extracting support from Western aid bureaucrats and foreign peacekeepers.

But the British organisers have sought to temper expectations, explaining that the aim of the event is to galvanise policymakers’ attention on Somalia to better coordinate a sometimes disjointed international response.

It will not delve far into the details of Somalia’s clan-based politics, which play a complex role in everything from business and piracy to the distribution of humanitarian aid.

Nevertheless, Somalis who have known nothing but war, famine and blunder-prone international intervention for decades cannot help but hope for something that will improve their lives.  Read more…

Uganda: government denies being behind anti-gay bill


Uganda’s government has defended its right to debate an anti-gay bill but says the draft legislation does not have official backing.

MP David Bahati this week retabled his bill after it was shelved following an international outcry.

MP David Bahati

The bill calls for life in prison for homosexual offences but Mr Bahati says the death penalty will be dropped.

The government urged foreign leaders to realise that cultural attitudes in Africa were “very different”.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda – a largely conservative society, where many condemn homosexuality.

AU summit: UN’s Moon urges respect for gay rights


ADDIS ABABA — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders they must respect gay rights, speaking at the opening of a summit meeting on Sunday.

“One form of discrimination ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long has been discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” Ban said.

“It prompted governments to treat people as second class citizens or even criminals,” he added.

Homosexuality is outlawed in most African countries and discrimination against gays and lesbians is rife on the continent, with South Africa being the only country that recognises gay rights and same-sex marriage.

However, previous external criticism of restrictions imposed upon homosexuals has attracted angry responses from African leaders, who claim it is alien to their culture.

After Commonwealth leaders refused to adopt reforms to abolish homophobic laws in 41 member nations, British Prime Minister David Cameron said last year he would consider withholding aid from countries that do not recognise gay rights.

“Confronting these discriminations is a challenge, but we must not give up on the ideas of the universal declaration” of human rights, Ban told the summit.

Gay rights in Africa, most notably in Uganda, have made the news on several occasions last year.  Read more…

Ghana rejects gay rights pressure – Zambia follows suit


Ghana’s President John Atta Mills has rejected the UK’s threat to cut aid if he refuses to legalise homosexuality.  Mr Atta Mills said the UK could not impose its values on Ghana and he would never legalise homosexuality.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said at the weekend that aid would be cut to
countries which failed to respect gay rights.  Uganda also rejected the threat, with an official accusing the UK of showing a “bullying mentality”.

Most Africans argue that homosexuality violates their religious and cultural
beliefs. Read more…

Zambia Watchdog

Zambia will not make laws to recognise homosexuality  in order to get money from Britain, government spokesperson Lubinda has said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron this week said Britain will consider withholding aid to countries that do not recognise gay rights, after leaders of the 54-nation Commonwealth meeting in  Australia failed to adopt reforms on homosexuality. But British High Commissioner to Zambia Tom Carter clarified that the statement issued by the prime-minister does not apply to Zambia for now.

He told radio Phoenix Thursday morning that the UK sees it as its responsibility to protect people of all sexual orientations but that the statement made in Australia was not directed at Zambia.  ‘He was not talking about Zambia in that case. I cannot talk about other countries. I am here in Zambia and we are very, very happy the way things are going here’, said Carter.

Zambia’s chief government spokesperson Given Lubinda said the southern African nation would only enact laws supported by its citizens and in line with their culture. Read more…

Ugandan anger at UK gay rights-aid link


The UK is showing a “bullying mentality” by threatening to cut aid to countries where homosexuality is illegal, a Ugandan official says.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said at the weekend that those receiving
British aid should respect gay rights.

But Ugandan presidential adviser John Nagenda told the BBC Ugandans were
“tired of these lectures” and should not be treated like “children”.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda and most other African countries. Read more…