The European Union announces more than €124 million to increase security in Somalia
EU News 391/2013
Brussels, 9 September 2013
The EU has announced that it will provide additional support of more than €124 million to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
This new financial support by the EU will cover costs including troop allowances for all AMISOM soldiers, police and civilian components of the mission, as well as operational costs of the mission headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. This support will be critical in allowing AMISOM to continue to fulfill its United Nations Security Council mandate to carry out active peace support operations across Somalia.
The EU and the Federal Government of Somalia will co-host a High Level Conference on "A New Deal for Somalia" in Brussels on 16 September 2013 to sustain the positive momentum in Somalia, and pledge support for a framework to reconstruct the country. The Conference will bring together the international community and the Somali people to endorse this framework - a "Compact" for Somalia for the next three years.
The EU also calls on other donors to contribute to funding for AMISOM. This new funding will cover the period of 1 June to 31 December 2013 and bring the overall EU contribution to AMISOM to almost €600 million.
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