The UN Security Council voted unanimously overnight to extend its mandate for African Union troops to stay in
The 15-to-0 vote to keep peacekeepers (AMISOM) in Somalia for another eight months and support President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed also comes with a more stable source of financing, Reuters notes.
“What is unique about it is that for the first time the Security Council has agreed to provide logistical support and to pay for that through UN assessed contributions,”
“We understand it will be somewhere between $200 million and $300 million during the course of the year ahead. That money, once it is agreed within the UN system, will be guaranteed to support AMISOM,” he said.
Neighboring states and Western security services fear
Currently, large parts of south and central
A surge in violence this month has killed nearly 200 people in
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said sending a UN force to
Ban recommended in a report in April that the best approach is to build up support for AU peacekeepers already in
The first phase would be to support the 4300-strong AMISOM force consisting of Ugandans and Burundians and push toward its planned strength of 8000. This includes building up the fledgling security forces of
If security conditions allowed, a second phase could involve what he called a “light United Nations footprint” by sending UN officials to
If this was successful, under Ban’s proposal the Security Council could then consider authorizing a UN peacekeeping force to take over from AMISOM.
The United Nations’ peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said earlier in May that Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, had offered to spearhead UN peacekeeping in the fellow Muslim country.
UN officials have long insisted a Muslim country should be in charge of any UN force sent to