Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 February 2010

African Union / Press statement of the 217th meeting of the Peace and Security Council

 


 

 

 

African Union / Press statement of the 217th meeting of the Peace and Security Council

 

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 25, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 217th meeting held

on 25 February 2010, received an update on the situation in Somalia by the Special

Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission (SRCC) of the African Union for

Somalia, as well as by representatives from IGAD, United Nations and the League of Arab

States.

Council reiterated its support to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of

Somalia and commended the contributions of Member States of the AU to this Government

and appealed for more support to it, including military and capacity building support, to

enable the TFG to neutralize the armed elements carrying out attacks against it and deliver

basic services to the country.

Council further reiterated its strong condemnation of the continuing acts of violence

and terrorism by the Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam, with the active support of foreign

elements, in defiance of the peace overtures of the TFG and the international community.

Council expressed deep concern at the humanitarian situation in Somalia and

demanded the Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs) to immediately comply with international

humanitarian law and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access and assistance to needy

civilians in areas under their control.

Council welcomed the initialling of an agreement, ahead of the signing of the

Framework for Cooperation, between the TFG and Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ), and

noted that this is an important concrete step taken by the TFG in expanding and broadening

the scope of dialogue and reconciliation in line with the principles and objectives of the

Djibouti process. It reiterated its call to all the Somali parties who have not yet done so to

join the peace process without any precondition and any further delay.

Council reiterated its appreciation to Police Contributing Countries and welcomed

the recent commissioning of eight (8) battalions of the Somali Security Forces as part of the

AMISOM training support to the TFG and called upon the TFG to ensure the effective

deployment of these battalions in order for them to assume primary and greater

responsibility in providing security for the TFG and the population in Mogadishu in

particular.

Council also welcomed the steps taken by AMISOM Police Component to effectively

support the rebuilding of the Somalia Police Force (SPF), through training and mentoring

and in this regard, noted the successful completion of the Induction Course for the AMISOM

Police trainers and mentors from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Council further encouraged AMISOM to continue to play a coordinating role in the

overall capacity building efforts in Somalia and called on the international community to

ensure the sustenance and retention of the Somali Security Forces.

Council reiterated its appreciation to the Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs)

namely Burundi and Uganda, for their unflinching commitment as demonstrated in their

continued and increased deployment of troops and other resources to AMISOM. Council

renewed its call to the AU Member States that have pledged troops to AMISOM to redeem

their pledges accordingly, in order to enable AMISOM to reach its authorized strength.

Council further called on other AU member States to provide troops and other support to

AMISOM.

Council called on AU Member States to further commit themselves to the cause of

Somalia and provide support to AMISOM.

Council renewed its call to the UN Security Council to speedily act on its earlier

request for the imposition of a noflyzone and the blockade of sea ports to prevent the

entry into Somalia of foreign elements and the supply of logistical and other support to the

insurgency.

Council underscored that the continued deterioration of the situation in Somalia is

proof of the increasing internationalization of the conflict. In this regard, Council stressed,

once again, the primary responsibility of the United Nations Security Council for the

maintenance of international peace and security and called on the Security Council to take

the decisions expected of it, in terms of support to the peace efforts in Somalia, including

the deployment of UN operations to help stabilize the situation and support the long term

reconstruction of the country.

Council expressed deep appreciation to all countries and institutions providing

support to AMISOM. At the same time, Council noted that this support remains below what

is required on the ground and called for a much greater mobilisation of the international community.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


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