UN Security Council extends mandate of AU mission in Somalia

New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to e xtend for one year, the mandate of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission i n Somalia (AMISOM).
The 15-member council also authorised AMISOM to increase its force level up to 8 ,000 troops and "to take all necessary measures to carry out its existing mandat e .
" The council, in a statement on its resolution, also requested AMISOM to continue to assist the Transitional Federal Government in the development of the Somali P olice Force and the National Security Force.
It asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue to provide a logistical su pport package and technical and experts' advice to the African Union in the plan n ing and deployment of AMISOM.
It also called on member states and regional and international organisations to contribute "generously and promptly'' for AMISOM.
AMISOM was established by the African Union in January 2007 and then authorised by the UN Security Council.
It was mandated to support the Transitional Federal Government, implement a nati onal security plan, train the Somali police and security forces and assist in hu m anitarian delivery.
In a recent report to the UN Security Council, Ban said: "AMISOM has continued t o play a significant and commendable role in carrying out its mandate, despite s e rious challenges.
"Nevertheless, the mission continues to be constrained by a variety of pressures , especially with regard to force generation and the provision of equipment," he said.
He also stated that, "the deployed strength of AMISOM currently remains at aroun d six battalions, or 65 per cent of its mandated strength.
"The planned deployment of one additional battalion each from Uganda and Burundi , together with 400 troops from Djibouti, has been delayed by logistics constrai n ts,'' the secretary-general added.

29 january 2010 15:49:00




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