African Union Peacekeeping

ECOWAS Set to Convene Summit Tuesday on Ivory Coast Crisis

Published December 6, 2010 by VOA
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An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) told VOA the regional bloc will hold an extraordinary summit Tuesday aimed at finding solutions to the crisis in Ivory Coast following the controversial presidential run-off vote.

Sonny Ugoh, ECOWAS communications director, said Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore will soon hold discussions with both President Laurent Gbagbo and challenger Alassane Ouattara to resolve the impasse. Both men claimed victory in the 28th November vote and each was installed as president.

Burundi Sends 850 Peacekeeping Soldiers to Somalia, Agence France Reports

Published December 2, 2010 by Bloomberg
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Burundi sent an additional battalion of 850 soldiers to Somalia to bolster the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in the Horn of Africa country, Agence France-Presse reported.

The troops were sent last week, the news agency said, citing Gaspard Baratuza, a spokesman for the Burundian army.

AU deploys more troops to Somalia as fighting rages

Published December 2, 2010 by Reuters
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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - About 8,000 African Union troops protecting Somalia's government from Islamist rebels are now deployed in Mogadishu, scene of sustained fighting this week, a spokesman for the force said on Thursday.

The latest reinforcements take the peacekeeping force, known as AMISOM, to the upper limit of its United Nation's-authorised mandate, although African nations have said a 20,000-strong force is needed to rout the militants from the capital.

UN council may help AU send more troops to Somalia

Published December 1, 2010 by Reuters
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council members support the idea of increasing the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia to help support the country's fragile government, Britain's U.N. envoy said on Tuesday.

The AU mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, would like to increase its upper limit of 8,000 troops to 12,000, provided it receives a green light and financial and military aid from the 15-nation Security Council.

African Union Calls for Increased Investment to Boost Growth

Published November 30, 2010 by Bloomberg
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Africa needs increased foreign investment to boost economic growth on the continent, said African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping, who criticized the amount of capital invested so far.

“Despite the fact that Africa has taken all the measures requested by the Washington Consensus for the creation of an environment propitious to foreign capital, why is it that Africa, with the exception of South Africa, still attracts less than 2 percent of global direct foreign investments,” Ping said. He spoke at the opening of an Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli, Libya, today.

A Somali teen, lured into 'holy war'

Published November 27, 2010 by Washington Post
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IN MOGADISHU, SOMALIA Abdul Qadir Mohammed remembers the imam's powerful voice bouncing off the mosque's white walls. It was 2001, a few weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a decade into Somalia's anarchy. "Our religion must dominate until we die," the preacher declared.

On that day in the mosque, his heart pounded as he joined the worshipers in thunderous chants of "Allahu Akbar" - God is Great.

6 Peacekeepers in Somalia Arrested in Civilian Deaths

Published November 24, 2010 by New York Times
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NAIROBI, Kenya — The African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia has arrested six of its own peacekeepers after two civilians were killed in a burst of indiscriminate gunfire, African Union officials said Wednesday.

Bashir to attend IGAD summit in Ethiopia

Published November 22, 2010 by Africa News
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Sudan president Omar Hassan al-Bashir will fly to African Union headquarter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 15th extraordinary Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) Summit on Sudan. Al-Bashir would lead a delegation to the special summit to take stock of the progress of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The summit begins Monday and is to encourage the parties to ensure full implementation of the remaining CPA agreement that brought a referendum that may divide African’s largest nation.

North and south Sudan deal to ease referendum tension

Published November 15, 2010 by BBC
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North and south Sudan have agreed a framework to resolve most outstanding issues ahead of a vote on southern independence, the African Union says.

Both sides have agreed to demarcate the north-south border while allowing northern nomads to graze in the south.

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