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AMISOM Funding “Drying Up,” Ugandan Troops Might Return In March

healing http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sitemaps.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday which, website like this http://daisho.ca/wp-includes/feed-atom-comments.php among other things, allows AMISOM to take all necessary measures to reduce the threat of Al-Shabaab insurgents and other armed groups in Somalia.

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom, which sponsored the resolution, says that AMISOM, working alongside Somali forces, has achieved significant security gains over the last year.

“The Security Council is united in its admiration for the achievements and sacrifices of AMISOM and its troop-contributing countries, specifically Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti and Burundi,” said Grant.

“The additional civilian staff that the Council has authorized through this resolution will ensure the delivery of urgent stabilization efforts in areas freed from the dark shadow of Al-Shabaab.”

He said this increased effort will also help restore the Somali people’s faith in local government structures which have been sorely lacking in recent times.

The resolution comes at a time when Uganda is calling for an apology from United Nations over a report by its investigators that accused the Kampala government of supporting the M23 rebels.

Uganda has as well threatened to pull out its troops from Somalia if UN continues maligning it with false reports.

A delegation led by ICT Minister Ruhakana Rugunda travelled to New York last week where it met the Security Council for a briefing on Uganda’s role in the DRC crisis.

UN responded by distancing itself from the M23 report, saying investigators’ findings do not necessarily reflect those of the international body until they are adopted.

In their resolution, according to the UN radio, the Security Council also authorized AMISOM to assist with the free movement, safe passage and protection of all those involved with the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.

SHARP DIFFERENCES

In a related development, there have been differences in the Security Council on what has to be done to help the transitional government of Somalia, according to the Deputy Representative of South Africa to the United Nations.

Doctor Mashabane spoke to reporters on Wednesday after the Council adopted a resolution authorizing the extension of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Mr Mashabane said that a few members of the Council did not support the African Union’s request that a United Nations special support package should include a maritime component.

“Clearly we had more than 10 members of the Security Council supporting this request by the African Union. It was unfortunate that no agreement was reached. The second one was on the arms embargo,” said Mashabane.

He said the President and the government of Somalia have made a request that there be an easing of the arms embargo for purposes of the strengthening and the building of the Somali national security forces, something which the African Union also has made a request to the Security Council to consider. On that issue also there was no agreement by a few members of the Council.”

The South African diplomat said that there is also no agreement on the funding of AMISOM which, he said, will soon dry up.

According to Mr Mashabane, some members of the Council also objected to the idea that the Secretary-General should present to the Council alternative funding mechanisms and recommendations.

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