The new mission was approved by the UN security council on Thursday 31 March hours before it came into effect. Under the new mission which expires in two years, Somalia security forces will take a lead role in the country’s security. However, the new mission hasn’t secured funds.
The hopes for the African Union to secure funds to run ATMIS from alternative sources such as China, Russia, Middle Eastern countries and the UN waned months ago.
The EU had funded more than 90% of AMISOM’s budget. Therefore, until the EU approves funding, ATMIS remains cash-strapped.
New force under EU’s conditions
“The EU, I am told is suggesting to give a very small fraction of the support they have been giving which was initially close to about $300m on emoluments per annum,” a diplomat at African Union who did not want to be named because he is not authorised to speak tells The Africa Report.
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