US resists UN funding for African Union-led peacekeeping missions

An ambitious push by African countries to secure United Nations financing for future peace operations is facing strong resistance from the United States, which has put forward conditions for the funding, according to documents seen by AFP on Wednesday, December 6.

Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast – the three current African non-permanent members of the Security Council – have presented a draft resolution that would allow U.N. financing for African Union-led peace missions on a case-by-case basis, in what would represent a major shift in the U.N. approach to peacekeeping.

France, China and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly back the initiative that would provide the A.U. with a major influx of funds and strengthen its response to conflicts on the continent,…

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