African Union and European Union fund Somalia peacekeeping
The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement on a 165 million euros (about 186 million U.S. dollars) funding to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The agreement signed on Friday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa provides funding under the Africa Peace Facility (APF) established by the EU at the request of the AU, and covers a period of seven months from 1 June to 31 Dec. 2015, according an AU statement on Tuesday.
It will cover AMISOM’s budget for troop and police allowances, death and disability compensation for military and police personnel, international and local civilian staff salaries, operational costs of AMISOM, maintenance, running costs and equipment for the AMISOM Al-Jazeera training camp in Mogadishu and Quick Impact Projects (QIPs), said to the statement.
Speaking on the occasion, Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, commended EU for its continued support to AMISOM, and stated that the success of AMISOM, to a large extent, depends on the availability of predictable and sustainable funding.
“This financial support package will enable AMISOM to continue its commendable efforts to complete the liberation and stabilization of Somalia, in line with its AU and UN mandate,” said the Commissioner.
Representing EU, Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director-General for Development and Cooperation, said, “overall objective of this financial support is to enable AMISOM contribute to the stabilization of the security situation in Somalia.”
The statement recalled that EU has been one of AMISOM’s main donors since the Mission was deployed in 2007, and that the latest agreement was the 14th of its kind to be signed between AU and EU.