AU, UN Special Envoys assess funding for AMISOM

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Envoys of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have emphasized a gradual shift of security responsibilities from the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to the Somali security forces, without retrogressing the progress already made in securing the country.

AU Commissioner for Peace Ramtane Lamamra and UN Special Evoy Jean-Marie Guehenno, both Special Envoys on Funding Consultations for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), expressed the opinion on Sunday on a day’s visit to Mogadishu to discuss sustainable funding to peace operations in the Horn of Africa country.

“It is very important that gradual shift from AMISOM to the Somali authorities happens in a way that doesn’t jeopardize all the efforts that have been made so far,” said Mr. Guehenno.

He acknowledged the presence of a multiplicity of actors who support security and peace building programmes in Somalia and highlighted their importance towards the achievement of sustainable peace.

“In the coming phase, the coordination between all these actors is more important than ever and it is of course a very sensitive issue,” he remarked.

The two Special Envoys met with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo of Somalia, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, AU and UN Special Representatives for Somalia -- Francisco Caetano Madeira and Michael Keating respectively, ambassadors from Troop Contributing Countries to AMISOM who are accredited to Somalia, and European Union officials.

According to a statement issued on Monday by AMISOM, discussions with these teams focused on achieving a smooth transition of the security responsibility from AMISOM to the Somali security forces.

The Envoys’ assessment visit to Somalia was part of ongoing consultations on peace support operations for AMISOM, spearheaded by the AU and the UN.

AU Special Representative for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira expressed concern that unpredictable funding to AMISOM, may have far reaching implications on the country.

“It is no longer an issue of charity. Supporting Somali National Army (SNA) or AMISOM is not charity at all. Success of security in Somalia, in all its aspects, is success for everything, including international business,” Madeira said.

On completion of their assessment, the Envoys will submit a report, which will inform decisions of the African Union Commission and the UN, on the level of funding and provision of logistical support to AMISOM.
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02 april 2018 12:46:03

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