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European Union Pledges 33 Million Euros to Amisom

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The European Union will donate an additional 33 million euros ($43 million) to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the European Commission announced Tuesday (March 19th).

The continued EU support will assist AMISOM in fulfilling its mandate and reaching a total strength of 17,631 troops. The funds cover troop, police and civilian costs, as well as the operational costs of running AMISOM's headquarters in Nairobi.

"Supporting AMISOM is a key element of the EU's comprehensive approach to Somalia, assuring the security necessary for the federal government of Somalia to provide governance, re-establish the rule of law and provide basic social services to the people," EU High Commissioner Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

The total EU contribution to AMISOM since 2007 now stands at over 444 million euros ($575 million).


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