foreign ministers concluded their annual meeting in Lome early
Monday, expressing dismay at the "increased foreign interference
and arms trafficking in Somalia," in breach of an embargo
imposed by UN Security Council on the country since 1992.
draft decision on Somalia submitted to African leaders at
their annual summit in the Togolese capital, the ministers
launched "an urgent appeal" to all concerned countries to
"scrupulously" implement the resolution in order to avoid
jeopardising efforts aimed at promoting peace, stability,
and national reconciliation in the country.
concern over the humanitarian situation in Somalia as a result
of the drought and insecurity, which continue to ravage the
also launched an appeal to member states and the international
community to continue providing "the necessary assistance"
to the affected people.