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EU to reinforce support for Somalia

European Union foreign ministers have wrapped up their meeting in Brussels. A major concern was the rising violence in Somalia. Foreign ministers have agreed to increase efforts to help stabilize the country.

The ministers say the EU will explore ways to increase assistance to the Somali government.

The fragile transitional federal government has been struggling against hardline Islamist insurgents.

Benita Ferrero Waldner, European Commission for External Affairs, said, "The recent acts of looting against the UN offices in Somalia are

I think a very clear message targeting all peace and humanitarian work in the country and therefore it is most important that we help the transitional federal government. We do everything to support them both politically and financially."

The EU says it will try to increase support to Somalia's security sector.
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