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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

EU support to improve security in Africa

On 23 August the European Union (EU) announced that it will provide €5.2 million to the African Union Commission (AUC) for a testing exercise of a continent military force, which is to operate under the direction of the African Union.
The exercise cycle - called “AMANI AFRICA II” – is presented as a key factor in testing the continent’s progress towards operationalising the blueprint for the Africa Stand-by Force. The African Stand-by Force is to be a military body with civilian and police representatives to act as a permanent peace-enforcement and -keeping capability across Africa, under the direction of the African Union.
The EU support for the planning and the organisation of the exercise will cover expenses relating to programme’s human resources, travel and transportation, logistics and supplies of the final exercise headquarters in Lesotho, as well as organising workshops.

The AMANI AFRICA I Exercise was conducted in October 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the aim to “evaluate the effectiveness of the AUC to employ the African Standby Force for an AU mandated Peace Support Operations.

Source: European Commission