International Contact Group on Somalia (ICG)

Naval Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Industry Response

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No activity planned or implemented.

Plight of Seafarers

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Messaging and Advocacy

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No activity planned or implemented.

Regional Capacity

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No activity planned or implemented.

Somali Capacity

Activity implemented

The International Contact Group (ICG) on Somalia has called for an effective international presence in Mogadishu and southern Somalia to improve the political and humanitarian situation. The ICG on Somalia is encouraging states to contribute to the Trust Fund established by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS). During the September 2010 meeting of the ICG on Somalia, a discussion was held on the linkages between security and development, which include the challenges posed by piracy. The ICG on Somalia held its 22nd meeting in Roma, Italy in July 2012 to discuss recommendations for ending the current Transitional period and elect a new Somali president and parliament by 20 August 2012. ‘The ICG called for the immediate activation of the Elders’ Arbitration Committee, Roadmap Signatories Coordination Office, Technical Facilitation Committee and Technical Selection Committee and for the earliest possible conclusion of the selection process.’ The ICG condemned the kidnapping of aid-workers and seafarers and the disrespect for human rights and the rule of law. The communique noted: ‘The President of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia reported on recent developments. The ICG recalled the Final Statement of the Dubai Second High Level Public-Private Counter Piracy Conference held on 28 June, which inter alia called for the development of regional and national maritime capacity and for participants to respect relevant international law related to fighting piracy in international waters.

Rule of Law

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Coordination

Activity implemented

The International Contact Group (ICG) on Somalia was a leader in the Roadmap to End the Transition, which was created on 6 September 2011. The ICG on Somalia has been promulgating peace and reconciliation within Somalia by strengthening the law enforcement capacity by supporting training and restoration of rule of law. The group is co-chaired by the US and Norway. The ICG believed the long-term solution to piracy remains in Somalia. The group adopted a policy methodology that more security in Somalia will help lead to more development and thus less piracy. The ICG has been coordinating with regional governments, IGOs, and states who are engaged in the Horn of Africa region to agree on a joint regional strategy. In February 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the UNPOS, IGAD, AMISOM (which includes Ugandan and Burundi forces), and the EAC. The transitional period ended in August 2012 with the formation of a Somali Parliament, and the election of a President.