Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Fifteen African Foreign Ministers, under the aegi s of the African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC), gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Friday for talks on the strengthening the man date of the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), PANA reported.
The meeting of the 15 ministers, whose countries currently sit on the PSC, is be ing held against the backdrop of recent successes recorded by AMISOM, which has continued to regain lost ground in Mogadishu.
The meeting will also consider an AU report to be presented to the UN Security C ouncil on 21 October.
Ahead of the meeting, Kenya's Ambassador to the AU, Monica Juma, had told journa lists that the PSC would hold a special ministerial council meeting, to discuss the possibility of a stronger mandate for AMISOM.
''AMISOM is making good progress.
They are engaging the rebels.
This was not par t of their original mandate,'' the envoy told journalists.
''We believe this particular session would enable the mission (AMIS OM) to have a greater mandate.
I am sure there would be a robust discussion on the AU peacekeeping operation.
'' The PSC meets regularly on issues of peace, security and stability and has the m andate to engage its partners, including similar authorities like the UN Security Council and the European Union.
The ministers attending the meeting are drawn from Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lib ya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Burundi, Chad, Djibouti, Rwanda, Mauritania, Namibia, South Africa, Benin, Cote dâ?Ivoire and Mali.
Kenya's Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula is chairing the session, which would al so discuss a report by the AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping on the situation in Somalia.