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Yemen Has To Disprove Information On Ban On Exporting Weapons To Somalia
  Written By:  (YEMEN POST STAFF) 
  Article Date:
December 23, 2008


Yemen is  to  give a detailed explanation to the UN in an effort to  disprove information on a ban on exporting weapons to Somalia, a source at the Foreign ministry has said.

Yemen is one of the most affected countries by instability and deteriorating security situation in Somalia as these effects are reflected by the influx of Somali displaced people to Yemen almost daily.

Last figures say that almost 1 million Somalis have already arrived in Yemen fleeing civil conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation, an issue which the government says lays more burden on the country's fragile economy, in addition to  social and health effects.

Yemen consolidated efforts to combat weapon smuggling operations with Yemeni coastguards thwarting many attempts to smuggle weapons through the country's coasts, the source said.

The official source affirmed Yemen's readiness to cooperate with the UN and regional parties to combat soaring piracy off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden and all forms of weapon trafficking, the problems resulted due to the situation in Somalia where there is not a central government since 1991.

Yemen renews calls on the international community to assume its responsibility through making major efforts to bring stability and security to Somalia as well as helping Somalis to reorganize their institutions, the source said.

The best solution to the problem of Somalia, which leads to bad phenomena in the area such piracy and weapon smuggling, is through bringing stability to the country.

On the other hand, Foreign minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi said that Yemen had urged the EU to adopt balanced policies while dealing with conflict issues in the area and in the world and that Arabs should be involved in.

The Announcement comes after al-Qirbi along with a Yemeni delegation took part in the Arab-European Dialogue Conference which concluded lately in Vienna.

At the conference, al-Qirbi urged the EU to take active role in solving the outstanding problems which the EU really gives priority to in the area such as the Israeli-Arab conflict and to put pressure on Israel to life the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Al-Qirbi noted that the conference dealt with issues related to building a good understanding of Arab and Muslim issues as well as the issue of the region security under soaring piracy.