NEW YORK, JUNE 15 – Italy fully supports the mechanism described in the Secretary General report for a joint planning and mandating of AU Peace operations, “which preserves the prerogatives of the Security Council, at the same time providing for African ownership and paving the way for ‘African solutions to African problems'”, the Italian permanent representative to the UN Sebastiano Cardi told today the Security Council.
The United Nations must move towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union (AU) peace-support operations, the Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet told the Council today. “We must move away from ad hoc arrangements,” said Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Viotti during the presentation of the Secretary-General’s report on options for authorization and support for AU peace support operations.
Addressing the Council meeting on the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, Cardi said that Italy is fully favorable to explore the use of assessed contributions by the UN to African Union, as firstly put out by the “Prodi Report” in 2008, to secure a predictable and sustainable source of financing.
Cardi then recalled the Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, whose revitalization Italy deems essential for the entire region, and the recent creation of the G5 Sahel Force that can have a fruitful cooperation with MINUSMA and with the EU missions in the region (EUTM Mali, EUCAP Sahel Mali e EUCAP Sahel Niger).
Concerning adherence to UN rules and standards, the Ambassador said that is paramount to secure high standards of accountability and conduct and discipline for the UN-mandated peace operations undertaken by African Union. “In this respect, training, in particular pre-deployment and mandate-oriented, is of course key, and allow me to recall that Italy has a strong record in training of national military and police personnel for peace operations. Respect of human rights, protection of civilians and gender perspective are embedded in national military training curricula”, he said. (@OnuItalia)