African Union Peacekeeping

The African Union: Short of cash and teeth

Published January 31, 2011 by The Economist
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IT HAD been a long day for Jean Ping. The man who runs the African Union (AU) spent the morning dealing with events in Tunisia. After lunch he was on the telephone to Kenya’s prime minister, Raila Odinga, who had been in Côte d’Ivoire as the AU’s negotiator, trying to persuade its strongman to step down. Now, in the evening, he was giving a pep talk to his staff ahead of the AU’s annual summit, when the leaders of 53 African countries come to the outfit’s headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, to set an “African agenda” for the year ahead.

Darfur peacekeepers in standoff with Sudan army: UN

Published January 28, 2011 by AFP
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KHARTOUM — The Sudanese army threatened to "burn to the ground" makeshift camps for people left homeless by the eight-year-old conflict in Darfur in a tense standoff with peacekeepers, UN sources said Thursday.

The army's move came on the same day that the United States led calls for the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission to be more "aggressive" in protecting civilians.

Sudan army bombs Darfur, threatens peacekeepers: UN

Published January 28, 2011 by Reuters
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KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's army bombed rebel positions in Darfur and later surrounded and threatened to burn down a refugee camp and peacekeeping base nearby, the region's joint U.N./African Union mission said on Thursday.

The incident took place as Washington's envoy to the United Nations, Susan Rice, criticised Khartoum for obstructing peacekeepers and said the international force needed to take a more aggressive stance in the region.

AMISOM peacekeepers return

Published January 25, 2011 by New Vision
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A total of 4,600 Ugandan peacekeepers have returned home from Somalia to give way for the deployment of a new contingent in the war-torn Horn of Africa country.
The group, under the Uganda Battle Group V (UGABAG V), has been in Mogadishu for nine months under the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Somalia: Counting the cost of anarchy

Published January 26, 2011 by BBC
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Somalia has not been under the control of a single national government since 26 January 1991, when military strongman Siad Barre was toppled. What impact has 20 years of war and instability had on Somalia and its people?

African Union leaders divided about Ivory Coast intervention

Published January 26, 2011 by Christian Science Monitor - Africa blog
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Call it the Coalition of the Unwilling.

A growing number of African nations are backing away from calls for military intervention in Ivory Coast, as a months-long political stalemate over who should rule the country pushes that country back to the brink of civil war.

UNAMID edgy in Darfur refugee camps

Published January 24, 2011 by UPI
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UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.N. and African peacekeepers were dispatched to a camp for the displaced in North Darfur, Sudan, but uncovered no evidence of violence, a U.N. mission said.

The joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, known by its acronym UNAMID, sent troops to a camp for the internally displaced in North Darfur following reports that government forces carried out searches in the area without proper notification.

Sudan warns UNAMID not to exceed its mandate

Published January 25, 2011 by Sudan Tribune
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January 24, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority (TDRA) Ja’afar Abdel-Hakam issued a warning to the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) that they should stick to their mandate, a day after Sudanese authorities raided an IDP camp without notifying the peacekeeping force.

UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari and UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Georg Charpentier met with Abdel-Hakam and the state’s security committee on Monday.

AU chief to meet Côte d'Ivoire's rival presidents

Published January 25, 2011 by Mail & Guardian
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The 53-nation African Union made another bid on Tuesday to end a dispute over the Côte d'Ivoire leadership, with its chief flying into the country to meet both men who claim to be president.

Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, who has already called on Laurent Gbagbo to give up power to "avoid a bloodbath", flew into Abidjan Airport on an unannounced visit that comes days ahead of an AU summit.

Somalia Is Likely to Cut Ties to Mercenaries, Official Says

Published January 24, 2011 by New York Times
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — The minister of information for the transitional federal government here said Sunday that Somalia was likely to end its relationship with Saracen International, a private security company in which South African mercenaries and the founder of Blackwater Worldwide are said to be involved.

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