NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 12 – Italy will bring attention on the future on AMISOM next November, during its month at the helm of the security Council. “The future of the African Union Mission in. Somalia requires a prompt solution. The Secretary-General’s next thematic report will be issued next November, during Italy’s Presidency of the Security Council. We look forward to developing our discussion on that occasion”, the Italian Permanent Representative to the UN Sebastiano Cardi said today during a Council meeting on the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations such as the African Union in maintaining international peace and security.
As his colleagues of the Council, Cardi just got back from a joint session with the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa. “The discussions there made it clear that there is wide consensus for developing joint field missions and harmonizing the work programs on Africa. We support this pragmatic way to improve our methods of work and strengthen cooperation between the two bodies”, he specified.
AU peace operations have comparative advantages, when it comes to African crisis. In this respect, Italy supports the mechanism set out in the Secretary-General’s report for a joint planning and mandating of AU peace operations, Cardi said.
The African Union has taken on important responsibilities in recent years and shown the willingness to take on more. “We support its ambitions in the development of the African Peace and Security Architecture, the Africa Peace Fund, and the African Standby Force and its Rapid Deployment Capability. In the meantime, following the pragmatic approach we advocate for shoring up this cooperation, we deem critical to start securing the current capacities of AU-mandated peace operations”, he added. (@OnuItalia)