European Union contributes to stabilizing Horn of Africa, says top diplomat

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The European Union has played an important role in achieving a political breakthrough and improving security in the Horn of Africa, according to the organization's top diplomat.

Catherine Ashton spoke in the Security Council on Wednesday during the discussion of cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and security.

She said the European Union's contribution to international peace and security should be seen in the context of its strong and longstanding commitment to effective multilateralism with the United Nations at its core.

"The particular strength of the European Union is its ability to respond to a crisis with a wide range of tools and instruments, short and long term, humanitarian and development, security and political. We are particularly pleased that the longstanding engagement of the EU in Somalia and the Horn of Africa as set out in the Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa and carried out, of course, in close cooperation with the UN has contributed to the recent breakthrough in both the political process and of course in terms of security of that region."

Duration:  31″

High Representative Ashton said the EU has contributed to greatly reducing piracy which has dropped by 90 per cent over the past two years.

She added that through its development cooperation and political support, the union contributes to lasting security.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'20"

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