UN urged to enhance cooperation with AU, EU in peace missions

Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

As the UN prepares to take over from an African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic, the Security Council has called on the Secretary-General to review what was done in the past and how it can be done better.

A resolution calling for an enhanced relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations as well as sub-regional organizations has been adopted by Security Council.

Council members are requesting that the UN chief initiate, in cooperation with the AU, a "lessons learned" exercise and make recommendations by 31 December.

The UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon said his organization, and other key partners like the African Union, and European Union need to do better.

” The EU Battlegroup was created for this purpose, as was the African Standby Force. But despite years of investment, we are still far from having predictable and effective mechanisms for rapid deployment. In CAR, the force generation process for EUFOR was slower than expected, and the EU Battlegroup was not used. And we are in a race against time for the re-hatting of MISCA on 15 September, trying to secure the necessary enablers and other contributions to MINUSCA."

The new UN mission in the CAR is expected to include 10,000 military personnel, including 240 military observers and 200 staff officers, as well as 1,800 police personnel.

The Council also called for the development of a list of needed capacities and recommendations that would help the AU develop its military, police, technical, logistical and administrative capacities.

Anzhelika Devis, United Nations.

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