Kenya to host anti-piracy conference

2011-12-31 15:16

Nairobi - Kenya will host an anti-piracy conference at heads of state level on February 9 and 10 in Nairobi, a foreign ministry official said on Saturday.

"We expect regional heads of state to attend," second counsellor Anthony Safari told a press conference, adding that the conference was being organised in conjunction with the UN and being coordinated by the office of Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

One of the aims of the Nairobi conference, he said, is to prepare for a broader conference on Somalia being hosted by Britain on February 23.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in November that London would host a conference on Somalia in 2012 to pull together international efforts.

The Foreign office says the event "aims to bring together leaders of key partner countries and organisations, both in Africa and beyond, to help galvanise a common approach to address the problems and challenges of Somalia that affect us all.

"This includes tackling the issues of piracy, extremism and the underlying causes of instability and conflict in Somalia."

The Horn of Africa nation has been without an effective central government since the 1991 ouster of president Siad Barre.

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