Summary: 18 July 2007, Brussels – The European Union welcomes the launching of the National Reconciliation Congress in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 15 July and commends the National Governance and Reconciliation Committee and the delegates for their efforts. The European Union hopes that substantive deliberations to achieve national reconciliation can start as soon as possible.
The European Union encourages all Somali actors to renounce violence and participate constructively in the Congress. The European Union underlines the importance of an environment that is conducive to reconciliation and allows all parties to engage in the Congress. The European Union strongly condemns any attempt to undermine the spirit of reconciliation or the security of the venue of the Congress.
The European Union reiterates its support for the National Reconciliation Congress and efforts to promote peace and stability in Somalia.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.