Security Council renews mandate of African Union mission in Somalia

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The Security Council has decided to renew the mandate of the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 28 February 2014.

Acting under the enforcement provisions of the Charter, the council adopted a resolution unanimously which authorizes AMISOM to take all necessary measures, in coordination with the Somali army to reduce the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed groups.

AMISOM is also authorized to support dialogue and reconciliation in Somalia by assisting with the free movement, safe passage and protection of all those involved with the peace and reconciliation process in the country.

The mission is also mandated to provide, as appropriate, protection to the Somali government to carry out their function and provide security for key infrastructure.

The Council agrees with the United Nations Secretary-General that the UN Political Office in Somalia has fulfilled its mandate and should be replaced by a new expanded Special Political Mission as soon as possible.

It also agrees with the Secretary-General that the conditions in Somalia are not yet appropriate for the deployment of a United Nations Peacekeeping Operation.

The Security Council urges the Secretary-General to keep this under review, including through the setting of benchmarks for when it might be appropriate to deploy such an operation.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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