U.N. to Somalia?


It’s about time:

The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday calling for a U.N. political presence in conflict-wracked Somalia for the first time in years and setting conditions for the deployment of U.N. peacekeepers.
The resolution urged the United Nations to move its Somalia political office from Kenya to the Horn of Africa nation. The council also said it will consider deploying U.N. peacekeepers to replace African Union troops now on the ground, subject to progress in improving political reconciliation and security conditions.

It’s a move that’s possible only because, for six months now, the African Union (pictured) has kept Mogadishu’s seaport and airport open and safe from insurgents’ attacks.
(Photo: me)

By David Axe

David Axe is freelance war correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan,Lebanon, East Timor and Somalia. His books include War Fix and Army 101. His personal blog is called War is Boring. He can be reached at david_axe@hotmail.com.

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