A host of international politicians are in London for meeting to discuss the future of Somalia – often referred to as a ‘failed state’.
Forty countries are being represented at the summit aimed at coordinating the fight against pirates and ending famine.
Keeping expectations realistic, the organisers say the talks will not deal with the details of Somalia’s clan-based politics. It will deal with making the international response to the country more unified.
In the past, there have been complaints that these type of meetings about Somalia have produced few tangible results.
Piracy remains a major concern with more than 400 vessels attacked and over 100 hijacked in the last three years.
The EU spent more than eight million euros fighting Somali pirates last year through the operations of NAVFOR – its naval force.
Almost 5,800 extra peacekeepers will join an operation in Somalia, with the UN passing a resolution to increase the African Union Mission. Joining the force will be many of the Kenyan troops already there, since they began fighting al Shabaab rebels they blame for kidnapping blamed for kidnappings inside Kenya.
A military offensive against the Islamist rebels will also be intensified.