- To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 21 December 2011 (WA 391-, who has been invited to the London conference on Somalia on 23 February; and whether they have invited the president of Somaliland.[HL14935]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): As we noted previously, we have invited Governments and multilateral organisations that are active and influential on Somalia, as well as representatives from Somalia. We are pleased to say that we have secured very senior attendance from representatives from the region (for example Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda) and the international community (for example Turkey, Qatar, Nigeria, Sweden, and the European Union) alongside a host of Somali representatives; as well as the African Union and United Nations Secretary-General. We have invited Somaliland to attend the London conference on Somalia. We are following up the invitation with discussions with the Somaliland authorities, working to find a basis for their attendance that is acceptable to them and to us. We very much hope that President Silanyo will attend: Somaliland has much useful experience to share of creating relative stability in the region.