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In UN Somalia Resolution, Repairs to Four Kenya Ships Not Covered

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, February 21, updated -- Two days before the London Conference on Somalia, the UK Mission to the UN put "into blue" the draft resolution on increased support to the AMISOM mission there. As sent out, the blue or "final" resolution twice referred to the "letter from the President of the Security Council of x February 2012 (S/2012/xx) to the Secretary-General."

Sources told Inner City Press that there was a disagreement about maritime matters in this letter, that "the Europeans don't want to spend money," but that the disagreements were put off due to the need to vote on the resolution on Wednesday, the eve of the London Conference.

Inner City Press asked UK Permanent Representative Mark Lyall Grant about this criticism about "the Europeans not wanting to spend money," and he directly responded. He told Inner City Press, "There is no letter now, it's an annex to the resolution, it doesn't have any reference to the maritime."

On the financial argument, he said "the maritime is not about money, it's just four Kenyan boats. The crew is funded, the petrol is funded. The ancillary costs of the boats, repairs and maintenance won't be covered by this."

The larger question, of the "Responsibility While Protecting" issues raised for example by attempts to blockade Kismayo port, have yet to be addressed. Watch this site.

Update: after publication of the article above, a new blue AMISOM draft was circulated, with references to the letter dropped, and an Annex, set forth below. An African Permanent Representative told Inner City Press that the country most interested in not spending money was France...


In accordance with paragraph 6 of this resolution, on an exceptional basis and due to the unique character of AMISOM, the UN logistical support package for AMISOM shall be extended for a maximum of 17,731 uniformed personnel and 20 AMISOM civilian personnel based in AMISOM headquarters until 31 October 2012, in line with the recommendation in paragraphs 29 and 43 Secretary-General’s Special Report on Somalia (S/2012/74), which includes the provision of explosive threat management capacity, level II medical facilities and the reimbursement of contingent owned equipment (COE).

Eligible COE will include standard enablers and multipliers within the land component, and an aviation component of up to a maximum of 9 utility helicopters and 3 attack helicopters.

COE reimbursement should conform to UN rates and practices, including the direct transfer of funds to troop contributing counties (TCCs) as appropriate, and periodic reviews to ensure full operational capability. Letters of Assist (LOAs) should be negotiated with TCCs for equipment not covered under the UN COE framework including the aviation specified above.

As noted in paragraph 29 of the Secretary-General’s Special Report on Somalia (S/2012/74), only equipment deployed by the TCCs and considered owned by TCCs should be reimbursed. Equipment gifted or donated to TCCs, AMISOM, the African Union or where the ownership still remains with the donor are not eligible for reimbursement.

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