Garowe — The Dutch Minister for International Cooperation and European Affairs visited Garowe, the capital of Puntland, on Wednesday, Radio Garowe reports.
Ben Knapen landed at Garowe airport early Wednesday, where he met with Vice President Abdisamad Ali Shire, Saeed Mohamed Ragge Minister of Ports and Counter Piracy and other Puntland officials.
Minister Knapen was accompanied and Dutch Major Gen. Leo Beulen and the director of operations of the Dutch Ministry of Defence.
The officials met behind close doors and discussed the political and security situation in Puntland. Minister Ben Knapen visited the newly built investigation headquarters, where he was accompanied by Puntland officials, including State Minister of Planning Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi.
In a statement provided by the Dutch Minister, he said that more needs to be done to combat piracy, suggesting that prosecution and detention of pirates should be done locally after rule of law is strengthened. Late last month Puntland and Mauritius signed an agreement to temporarily hold convicted pirates, which was overseen by the EU and UNODC.
The Netherlands Minister promised that they would continue supporting international efforts to fight piracy particularly anti piracy operations just off the coast of Somalia.
Before departing to Addis Ababa, Minister Knapen visited an internally displaced peoples (IDP) camp and met with IPDs. In the year 2010 the Netherlands assisted Somalia with 9 million dollars. In Wednesday's statement Minister Knapen said, "There will also be limited expansion of development efforts in Somalia in the coming years."
The peaceful end of the transitional government and stabilization were key issues to the Dutch policy towards Somlia.
(AllAfrica, 6 June 2012)
Madaxweynaha Puntland oo la kulmey Knapen Addis
Madaxweynaha Puntland Dr.Cabdiraxman Maxamed Maxamuud Farole ayaa xalay Addis Ababa kula kulmey wasiirka iskaashiga caalamiga iyo arrimaha Yurub u qaabilsan Holland Mr.Ben Knapen.
|Foto: Garowe Online|
Kulanka ayaa waxa la isla soo qaadey xaalada bini’aadanimo iyo taagerada Holland ay siineyso Puntland waxana sidoo kale qayb ka ahaa qorshaha KMGnimada Somalia looga baxayo dhamaadka Aug2012.
Ben Knapen waxa uu madaxweynaha Puntland uga mahadceliyey qaabkii wanaagsanaa ee loogu soo dhaweeyey Puntland isagoona balan qaadey inay der dergelin donaan xiriirka labada dhinac.
Maalinimadii shalay 6 June,2012 ayaa wafdi uu horkacayo wasiirka Holland ka socdey booqasho ku yimaadeen Garowe waxana ay kormeer ku tageen goobo muhiim ah oo ku yaal magaalada ka hor intaysan la kulmin madaxweyne ku xigeenka Puntland Gen.Cabdisamad Cali Shire.
(Garowe Online, 7 juni 2012)
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