Addis Ababa, Jan 09, 2010

(BBC Monitoring via COMTEX)

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The Peace and Security Council of the African Union at its 214th meeting held on 8 January 2010 decided to renew the mandate of AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia] for a period of twelve months, beginning from 17 January 2010.

According to a statement it sent to ENA [Ethiopian News Agency] on Saturday [9 January], the council appreciated all the support to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and AMISOM by the international community.

The council reaffirmed the AU’s support to the TFG of Somalia.

It reiterated its appreciation to the troop contributing (namely, Burundi and Uganda) and Police Contributing Countries to AMISOM. It also welcomed the pledge by Djibouti to deploy a battalion.

The council welcomed the adoption by UN Security Council of resolution, which imposes sanctions on Eritrea namely an arms embargo and travel restrictions on and a freeze on the assets of its political and military leaders engaged in undermining peace and reconciliation in Somalia and regional stability.

The council called on member states to provide the troops required for AMISOM to reach its authorized strength.

The council reiterates the need for enhanced coordination between the AU, IGAD and the United Nations for more effective support to the TFG and the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.