AU calls on UNSC to Strengthen Support to AMISOM

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Addis Ababa, November 1, 2012 (WIC) ¬- The African Union Commission said it is looking forward to the adoption, by the United Nations Security Council of a resolution authorizing the technical roll-over of the current UN support package to AMISOM, pending the conclusion of the strategic review of AMISOM and its mandate.

The Commission is looking forward for the provision of additional support with a view to determining how best the Mission can further contribute to the stabilization of Somalia and the successful implementation of the priorities set by the Somali President and Government, according to AU press release sent to ENA on Wednesday.

The Commission expects that the Security Council will positively respond to the request made by AUC Chairperson Dr. Dlamini-Zuma to the UN Secretary General for the provision of additional support. The Commission requested for the provision of additional support regarding the civilian and maritime components of AMISOM, to take into account urgent needs arising from the realities on the ground.

The enhancement of the civilian capacity of AMISOM will go a long way in assisting in the stabilization of areas recovered from the Al- Shabaab group, while the provision of maritime support will enable the Mission to ensure a better surveillance of Somalia’s coast.

The Commission has also appealed to the Security Council to take steps to review the arms embargo, with a view to facilitating the provision, of arms and other military equipment to the Somali security forces within appropriate modalities to be determined. Such steps will be part of efforts to empower the Somalia defense and security sectors.

The Commission urged the Security Council to look into the issue of the large volume of charcoal found in the city of Kismayo by AMISOM, and to consider adopting, in the context of the embargo on the export of charcoal from Somalia.