AU puts in place mechanism for Somali peace

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) has decided to put in place, as quickly as possible, a follow-up mechanism for the socio- economic reconstruction of Somalia.
The mechanism, to be made up of AU representatives and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), will be in charge of mobilising support for transitional federal institutions in Somalia in order to enable them to operate.
In a communiqué issued Tuesday in Sirte, Libya, the PSC also reiterated its demand to the UN Security Council to authorise an exemption to the embargo on weapons imposed on Somalia to enable the peace mission envisaged by the AU to introduce into the country military equipment needed for the execution of its mandate.
The PSC launched an appeal for the quick convening of an international donor conference of pledges for the reconstruction of Somalia.
It asked the AU Commission chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konare, in liaison with the UN, the World Bank, the European Union, the forum of IGAD partners and the follow- up and coordination committee, to take all the necessary measures to that effect.

05 july 2005 21:29:00

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