Cablegate: Instruction for Unsc Renewal of Amisom Mandate


DE RUEHC #9026 2321642
O P 191636Z AUG 08



E.O. 12958: N/A

1. This is an action cable. USUN should join consensus
on the UNSC resolution renewing AMISOM's mandate (para 2)
set for adoption on August 19. USUN should also
co-sponsor this resolution. Should the text of the
resolution change prior to adoption, Department requests
Mission seek further guidance. End action.

2. Begin text:

The Security Council,

Recalling its previous resolutions concerning the
situation in Somalia, in particular resolution 733 (1992),
resolution 1744 (2007), resolution 1801 (2008), resolution
1811 (2008) and resolution 1814 (2008), and other relevant
resolutions, namely resolution 1325 (2000), resolution
1502 (2003), resolution 1612 (2005), resolution 1674
(2006) and resolution 1738 (2006), and the statements of
its President, in particular those of 14 June 2007 S/PRST/
2007/19 and 19 December 2007 (S/PRST/2007/49),

Reaffirming its respect for the sovereignty, territorial
integrity, political independence and unity of Somalia,

Underlining the importance of providing and maintaining
stability and security throughout Somalia, and
underscoring the importance of disarmament, demobilisation
and reintegration of militia and ex-combatants in Somalia,

Reaffirming its condemnation of all acts of, and
incitement to, violence inside Somalia, expressing its
concern at all acts intended to prevent or block a
peaceful political process, and expressing its further
concern at such acts and incitement continuing,

Recalling that cooperation between the United Nations and
the regional arrangements in matters relating to the
maintenance of peace and security, as are appropriate for
regional action, is an integral part of collective
security as provided for in the Charter of the United

Welcoming the communiqu of the African Union Peace and
Security Council of 29 June 2008, which states that the
African Union will extend from 17 July 2008 the mandate of
its mission to Somalia (AMISOM) for an additional six

Emphasizing the contribution that AMISOM is making to
lasting peace and stability in Somalia, welcoming in
particular the continuing commitment of the Governments of
Uganda and Burundi, condemning any hostility towards
AMISOM, and urging all parties in Somalia and the region
to support and cooperate with AMISOM,

Welcoming the signature on 18 August 2008 of the agreement
between the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and
the Alliance of the Re-Liberation of Somalia, and noting
that this agreement calls for the United Nations to
authorize and deploy an international stabilization force
from countries that are friends of Somalia excluding
neighboring States,

Further noting that the communiqu of the African Union
Peace and Security Council of 29 June 2008 calls for the
United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping operation to
Somalia that will support the long-term stabilization and
post-conflict restoration in the country,

Recalling its willingness to consider, at an appropriate
time, a peacekeeping operation to take over from AMISOM,
subject to progress in the political process and
improvement in the security situation on the ground,

Underlining that the full deployment of AMISOM will help
facilitate the full withdrawal of other foreign forces
from Somalia and help create the conditions for lasting
peace and stability there,

Determining that the situation in Somalia continues to
constitute a threat to international peace and security in
the region,

Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United

1. Decides to renew the authorization of Member States of
the African Union to maintain a mission in Somalia for a
further period of six months, which shall be authorized to
take all necessary measures as appropriate to carry out
the mandate set out in paragraph 9 of resolution 1772
(2007) and underlines, in particular, that AMISOM is
authorized to take all necessary measures as appropriate
to provide security for key infrastructure and to
contribute, as may be requested and within its
capabilities, to the creation of the necessary security
conditions for the provision of humanitarian assistance;

2. Affirms that the provisions set out in paragraphs 11
and 12 of resolution 1772 (2007) shall continue to apply
to the mission referred to in paragraph 1 above;

3. Urges Member States of the African Union to contribute
to AMISOM in order to help facilitate the full withdrawal
of other foreign forces from Somalia and help create the
conditions for lasting peace and stability there;

4. Urges Member States to provide financial resources,
personnel, equipment and services for the full deployment

5. Encourages the Secretary-General to continue to
explore with the AU Commission Chairperson, in
coordination with donors, ways and means to strengthen
United Nations logistical, political and technical support
for the AU, to build the AU?s institutional capacity to
carry out its commitments in addressing the challenges it
faces in supporting AMISOM, and to assist AMISOM?s full
deployment, to the extent possible and as appropriate,
with the goal of achieving United Nations standards, and,
in this regard, takes note of the proposals set out in
paragraph 32 of the Secretary-General?s report on Somalia
of 16 July (S/2008/466),

6. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

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