London conference : If we just sit back, the world will pay: David Cameron’s stark warning on Somalia

Prime Minister David Cameron warned Somalia that the world would ‘pay a price’ if it failed to resolve its chronic instability as a London conference demanded the establishment of a new government by August.

Almost 60 official delegations gathered in London for the 15th international conference to rebuild the world’s “most failed” state. Mr Cameron told attendees an unparalleled opportunity existed to re-establish a democratic, moderate government in Mogadishu for the first time since the country collapsed into outright chaos in 1992. While leading substantial pledges of new aid, Mr Cameron also set down conditions that new constitutional reforms must be set in motion by August. “This timetable will be stuck to. There will be no further extensions,” said Mr Cameron as he unveiled a final communique that stated a key moment in Somalia’s history was in the hands of its leaders. “We will hold the Somalis to this,” he said.

At the outset of the Lancaster House meeting, Mr Cameron said Britain was acting because its security was threatened by Islamic terrorism, kidnapping and piracy from the Horn of African nation.

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