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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union (AU), Haile Menkerios, told the Security Council that “contemporary threats to peace and security in Africa are so complex and interconnected, and their impact so profound that neither organization can resolve them without the other.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarter

12 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan right, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Haile Menkerios, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union:
“Contemporary threats to peace and security in Africa are so complex and interconnected, and their impact so profound that neither organization can resolve them without the other.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Haile Menkerios, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union:
“We welcome the consensus that partnership between the Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council can be deepened through more frequent interaction between the two councils. A number of suggestions were proffered on how these joint missions may be organised. It was also suggested that the two councils could hold more frequent interactions, in particular in advance of mandate decisions.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Haile Menkerios, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union:
“We are encouraged by the continued commitment of the Security Council and the AU PSC to consider financial burden-sharing for AU Peace Support Operations authorized by the Security Council in line with resolution 2330. African countries continue to argue that they already carry the heavy burden of deploying their young men and women in dangerous conflict situations to which the UN would not be able to deploy, in addition to promising to provide 25 percent of the total cost of such peace support operations.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Haile Menkerios, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union:
“We have continued to hear passionate appeals from the AU Peace and Security Council and the AU Commission that the related issue of predictable, flexible, and adequate funding for AMISOM needs to be addressed urgently. UN support provided through UNSOS is inadequate or not flexible enough for the nature of AMISOM operations; and non-UN support is uncertain beyond 2018.”
10. Med shot, delegates
11. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union (AU), Haile Menkerios, told the Security Council today (12 Sep) that “contemporary threats to peace and security in Africa are so complex and interconnected, and their impact so profound that neither organization can resolve them without the other.”

Briefing the Council following a meeting last week between United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members and the AU’s Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) in Addis Ababa, Menkerios welcomed “the consensus that partnership between the Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council can be deepened through more frequent interaction between the two councils,” in particular in advance of mandate decisions.

Menkerios voiced encouragement “by the continued commitment of the Security Council and the AU PSC to consider financial burden-sharing for AU Peace Support Operations authorized by the Security Council in line with resolution 2330.”

He said African countries “continue to argue that they already carry the heavy burden of deploying their young men and women in dangerous conflict situations to which the UN would not be able to deploy, in addition to promising to provide 25 percent of the total cost of such peace support operations.”

The Special Representative said that during the Addis Ababa meetings “we have continued to hear passionate appeals from the AU Peace and Security Council and the AU Commission that the related issue of predictable, flexible, and adequate funding” for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) “needs to be addressed urgently.”

He said “UN support provided through UNSOS is inadequate or not flexible enough for the nature of AMISOM operations; and non-UN support is uncertain beyond 2018.”
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