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Mali's main Tuareg separatist group said Wednesday it supported the holding of a nationwide presidential poll in July but ruled out allowing the army in its northern bastion of Kidal for the vote. A delegation from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) held talks in Ouagadougou...
The 15-member council voted unanimously to extend through 31 May 2014 the work of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) to support efforts focused on fully restoring constitutional order and medium-term stability in the country recovering from a military coup.
The EU has been present in the region already since 2008 to address the deteriorating situation and to harden ships against attack. Thanks to these efforts piracy has decreased from 299 attacks in 2011 to 111 in 2012 (a reduction of over 62%), while the number of hijackings dropped from 25 to 12.
The United Nations Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region today proposed a set of principles to guide immediate peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while voicing concerns over renewed fighting in the eastern part of the country.
DR Congo fighting: Goma clashes “kill 19” (21.05.2013)
Fighting between government and rebel forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has continued for a second day, near the regional capital, Goma. … These are the first clashes between the two sides since the rebels pulled out of Goma last year.
The Economic Community of Central African States says it is changing the mandate of the regional FOMAC force in the Central African Republic to empower it to help maintain order and enforce disarmament. The regional body says in coming weeks it will more than double the size of the FOMAC force to...
Increase of UN troops in Abyei is part of a previous agreement, Sudan says (19.05.2013)
The UN chief asked the Security Council to increase the UNISFA by 1126 personnel saying it will strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of UN Peacekeeping.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Albert Gerard Koenders of the Netherlands as the head of the recently approved United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali. … Mr. Koenders has been the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)...
A senior Niger military officer said up to 30 U.S. military instructors would train African forces between June and August at Ouallam, in the Tillaberi region near the Malian border. … The U.S. military has run training programmes for Niger's army for years under a counter-terrorism programme in...
In addition to the significant displacement of the civilian population out of Pibor, UNMISS has recently received reports of widespread looting of civilian dwellings and humanitarian organization premises.