Ban appeals for support for African peacekeepers in Somalia

United Nations member states are being urged by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to increase their support to the 8,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia known as AMISOM.

Burundian AMISOM battalion

Mr. Ban told the Security Council that the transitional government of Somalia and AMISOM have expanded the areas they control in the capital Mogadishu after driving out the Al Shabaab insurgents.

Mr. Ban added that the government and an allied militia have taken control of major towns in southern Somalia previously held by insurgents.

He said AMISOM would even be more effective it had more resources, including helicopters and support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

“The international community must keep its end of the bargain. There are critical gaps in the UN support package to AMISOM, and significant shortfalls of military assets and equipment. I appeal to Member States to increase their contributions to the Trust Fund for AMISOM and to reimburse contingent-owned equipment and troop-contributing countries.”

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