$50m boost for Mali mission
With renewed commitments towards restoring peace in Mali, the African Heads of States and Governments, under the auspices of the African Union (AU), yesterday proposed to contribute $50 million for the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA).
AU Chairman Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn broke the news while highlighting the decisions made at the just concluded 20th AU Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.This was disclosed by the AU Chairman, Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn while giving highlights of the decisions made at the just concluded 20th AU Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to him, the AU decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the continental body on 25th of May, this year in Addis Ababa by highlighting the ideals of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.
He said: “The state of peace and security in our continent is one of the issues we have discussed extensively. While we have noted the progress made in our collective determination to prevent, mange and resolve conflicts, we remain deeply concerned with the resurgence of conflicts in some of our member states including Mali, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Particularly, we have expressed our deep concern about the situation in Mali and the continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Northern part of the country. In this regard, we have reaffirmed our solidarity with Mali and made a firm commitment to pool our efforts together to assist this sisterly country.
“Therefore, we have decided to contribute funds for the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) to the tune of 50 million US Dollars. The pledging conference on Mali scheduled to take place tomorrow will be a very good opportunity to mobilize the necessary resources for AFISMA and the Malian Defense and Security.” He stated
He also harped on the need to enhance its capacity to rapidly respond to the emergence of conflicts including the full operationalization of the African Standby Force as envisaged in the relevant provisions of the Constitutive Act and Protocol relating to the establishment of the Peace and Security Council.
The Union, he said, has set up a Committee of African Heads of state and Government under the leadership of President of Liberia, Helen Sirleaf to enable African to speak with one voice on global discussion to chart the post 2015 development agenda.
He also said that the Union adopted the statutes of Pan-African University which became operational last year; elected two members of the African Union Commission, five members of the peace and security council, one judge of the African court on Human and peoples’ rights, five members of African commission on international and eleven members of the advisory board on corruption.