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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

EU: €33m to improve security in Somalia

An additional support of €33 million will be provided to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by the EU, according to a decision taken on Tuesday 19 March.
This EU support is aimed to allow AMISOM to continue its mandate of securing the country on its path towards lasting peace, prosperity and stability, and to reach its total strength of 17,731 troops as authorised by the UN.
The EU’s support covers costs such as troop allowances, costs of the police and civilian component of the mission, and operational costs of the mission headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
AMISOM is an African Union-led mission, mandated by the UN Security Council. Since late 2011, substantial progress has been achieved, as AMISOM, the Somali National Security Forces and troops aligned to the Somali Government have regained control of most of the capital of Mogadishu and other parts of the country.

The mission is contributing to the Africa-EU partnership on peace and security of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES).
For the period 2008-2013, the EU is allocating approximately €412 million to development projects in Somalia.

Source: European Commission