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Vol 51 No 22

Published 5th November 2010


UN rejects AU blockade plea

More troops for Amisom, perhaps, but no air or naval blockade for Somalia as the African Union tries to link Al Shabaab and piracy

The African Union has made a bold attempt to yoke the issue of Somali piracy to the Shabaab problem in the hope of getting United Nations Security Council support for an air and naval blockade. Despite intensive diplomatic efforts, the UNSC would not agree. The AU nevertheless has high hopes of what the African Mission to Somalia (Amisom) military force can achieve if it can get more financial support from the UN.

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