UN: UN Security Council approves two-month extension for AU mission in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has approved a two-month extension of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), allowing adequate time for the Council to consider the outcome of its recently concluded visit to the Horn of Africa country.

Adopting a new resolution late on Friday in New York, the Council, recognizing the importance of consultation with the relevant stakeholders during the recent Security Council mission to Somalia, authorized the member States of the African Union (AU) to maintain the deployment of AMISOM until 8 July 2016.

It also requested UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue to provide logistical support in accordance with its resolution 2245 (2015).

Mr. Micheal Keating, UN envoy in Somalia, who briefed UN reporters, said: "Somalia’s security in its broadest sense is a common concern of the international community and the whole region, and that is why such importance has been placed by the Security Council in a legitimate transfer of power later this year."

"The message of the Council is very clear: the international community looks forward to elections in August 2016 and will do everything possible to support them being free and fair and on time.

"But, the Security Council urges immediate action to legalize the electoral model so that practical preparations can begin as quickly as possible," Mr. Keating said.

PANA recalled that the Council members concluded a one-day visit to Somalia on 19 May by reaffirming the Council's solidarity with the country’s people and government and reiterating their calls to Somali's Federal Parliament to legalize the 2016 electoral model as soon as

The Council delegation was led by the body’s current President, the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, and the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN, Matthew Rycroft.

The Council members held a series of high-level meetings with Somali's Federal President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, regional presidents, civil society members, humanitarian organizations and senior UN and AU officials.
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28 may 2016 07:44:14

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