Despite funding shortfall, Istanbul meeting on Somalia not billed as "donors' conference" (2)

10:43, May 13, 2010      

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Meanwhile, the United Nations has received just 70 percent of the 200 million U.S. dollars that was pledged at last year's donors' conference in Brussels, Belgium, Pascoe said.

"The number of police trained with UN assistance should reach more than 7,000 by July but we have a funding gap on salaries," Pascoe said before Ould-Abdallah had walked into the UN briefing room. "We have been appealing to donors to help fill the gap."

"We will keep pressing on this and beyond," he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ould-Abdallah asked the Security Council to provide equipment and salaries to security forces that have been properly trained.

Nevertheless, Ould-Abdallah stressed to reporters that the Istanbul conference would prioritize private-public partnerships, adding that he expects "at minimum" 70 businesses to attend, including from such sectors as banking, transportation and telecommunications, and even the one and only Coca-Cola.

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