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Vol 47 No 25

Published 15th December 2006

Peace and security

The African Union faces a double test – in Sudan and now in Somalia

On paper, the AU has the right - even the duty - to intervene in the crises of its members. The worst problems are now in north-east Africa: in Sudan, where civilians need protecting from attack by the government and its allies, and in Somalia, where conflict needs averting between the TFG in Baidoa (backed by Ethiopia) and the SICC Council (SICC, backed by Eritrea) controlling Mogadishu and much of the rest of Somalia. The AU's Peace and Security Council has passed the resolutions necessary for such action, and the UN Security Council has passed resolutions backing the AU on both issues.

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