U.N. Signals ‘No’ to A.U. Request for Somalia Peacekeepers
The United Nations Security Council has told the African Union it will not take over the A.U. peacekeeping mission in Somalia under current conditions. But African officials remain hopeful the world body will change its mind.
Somalia and Sudan were at the top of the agenda Saturday during a nearly three hour closed door meeting between the U.N. Security Council and the A.U. Peace and Security Council.
African leaders have long called on the U.N. body to take over peacekeeping chores in Somalia from the A.U. force AMISOM, staffed by just over 4,000 Burundian and Ugandan troops. But Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently advised against such a takeover, saying conditions are not right. >>>
Eritrea has denied reports that it has been supplying Islamists in Somalia with weapons and ammunition.
The Eritrean ambassador to the UN, Araya Desta, told the BBC that the claims were “totally false”.
Both the US and the UN Security Council have voiced concern over reports of Eritrean involvement. >>>