Sens. Kerry and Coons Seek Expedited Aid Delivery in Somalia

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September 14, 2011

On Aug. 8, 2011, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), chair of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, issued a joint statement urging the Obama Administration to expand and expedite the delivery of humanitarian aid into Somalia. 

In part, the statement said:

“[W]e encourage the administration to consider additional ways to ease and expedite the provision of aid. Specifically, it should explore expanding the pool of those licensed to provide assistance in southern Somalia to include U.S. humanitarian groups funded by private donors or other countries. While it is absolutely imperative to restrict the flow of resources to al-Shabaab, we must draw on all available resources as we balance security concerns with pressing humanitarian needs.”
The combined statement comes days after Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder, expressing "deep concern that the current interpretation of the law governing material support for terrorism is prohibiting organizations from delivering essential humanitarian relief in the Horn of Africa.”
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