Turkey and the U.N. will host a conference on Somalia May 21-23 in a bid to boost international awareness on the various issues plaguing the African country. The conference will be held in Istanbul and will cover issues regarding Somalia’s stability and security. It is also tackle the country’s persistent problem on sea piracy.
“It should help us increase international awareness of what’s at stake in Somalia and increase international commitment to help in a coordinated way,” U.N. Under-Secretary General for Political Affaris Lynn Pascoe said. “It should also help focus the attention on the Somalis themselves, including the [Transitional Federal Government], on where they need to step up their efforts.”