More Diplomacy & Military?
Reading between the lines, it is clear that no one is expecting Somalia to be resolved rapidly or without further conflict. Does enhancing troop levels mean that the parallel track to diplomacy will be greater military action against Al-Shabaab and others not falling into line?
“It seems that Council members who were cautious about increasing AMISOM’s maximum force strength to the AU’s requested amount sought to emphasise the role that regional organisers and other Somali stakeholders should play in contributing to peace and stability in Somalia. The importance of strengthening the capacity of regional and subregional organisations, and the need for other AU members to consider contributing troops to AMISOM, also seems to have been a key consideration….The draft resolution also spells out a set of objectives for the future review of AMISOM, including the consolidation of security “on the basis of clear military objectives integrated into a political strategy,” effective regional coordination, an effective approach to the protection of civilians and assistance to Somali security forces.” From Security Council Report cited below.
Charcoal Factor-Burning Urgency:
Another important new element in the text is a provision which bans the importing of charcoal from Somalia, as requested by Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government in its letter to the Council of 4 January (S/2012/4). (The letter stated that “charcoal production not only destroys the environment and contributes to food insecurity, but also funds the deadly campaign being carried out by Al-Shabaab.”) This allows the imposition of targeted sanctions against those violating the ban and also expands the mandate of the Monitoring Group on Somalia. Also Read Our Latest Article: “Is Somalia Closer to Peace” - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/is-somalia-closer-to-peace-reintegration/46254
Link to SecurityCouncilReport.org http://whatsinblue.org/2012/02/somalia-troop-ceiling-increase.php
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