The Security Council extended its authorization for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 8 July 2016 today, requesting that the Secretary-General maintain logistical support for it until that date.
Unanimously adopting resolution 2289 (2016), the Council said it had decided on a brief extension of the Mission’s authorization, which would otherwise have expired on 31 May, in order to allow time for consideration of the outcomes of the 19 May Council visit to Somalia.
By terms of the text, the Council authorized member States of the African Union to maintain the deployment of AMISOM as set out in paragraph 1 of resolution 2093 (2013), with a maximum level of 22,126 uniformed personnel.
The meeting began at 3:05 p.m. and ended at 3:08 p.m.
The full text of resolution 2289 (2016) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Recalling all its previous resolutions and statements of its President concerning the situation in Somalia, in particular resolutions 2093 (2013), 2232 (2015) and 2245 (2015),
“Recognizing the importance of consultation with the relevant stakeholders during the recent Security Council mission to Somalia,
“Noting the need to allow adequate time for consideration of the outcomes of the mission, and in this regard, recognising the need for a short extension of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),
“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 Nations,
“1. Decides to authorize the Member States of the African Union to maintain the deployment of AMISOM, as set out in paragraph 1 of resolution 2093 (2013) until 8 July 2016, in line with the Security Council’s request to the African Union for a maximum level of 22,126 uniformed personnel, and authorizes Member States participating in AMISOM to take all necessary measures to carry out its mandate as set out in paragraph 3 of resolution 2232 (2015);
“2. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to provide logistical support in accordance with paragraph 2 of resolution 2245 (2015);
“3. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”