*1207: Section 1207 of the National Defense Authorization Act
Somaliland is a relatively stable region in north-west Somalia that enjoys a higher functioning criminal justice sector than its neighbors to the east and war-torn south. Continued stability in Somaliland will contribute to overall security throughout Somalia and support the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs' (INL) goal of security throughout the region. In May 2010, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) completed an assessment of the criminal justice sector in Somaliland and developed a program that would support its development. Based on the outcomes and recommendations of this assessment, INL programs will focus on strengthening the existing legal framework and building the capacity of the justice and law enforcement sectors in Somaliland, in order to preserve the rule of law and support our overall goal of promoting and maintaining stability throughout Somalia.