Office of the Spokesman
December 12, 2008
Replacement of African Union Mission to Somalia with a Multinational Force (Taken Question)
Question: What does the United States think of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s suggestion to replace the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) with a multinational force? Released on December 12, 2008
Answer: The United States does not believe that the Secretary-General’s suggestion of an interim multinational force presents a viable option. Replacing the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) with a multinational force would require individual nations to provide not only forces and equipment, and to generate associated peacekeeping costs.
At present, no lead nations meeting this requirement have stepped forward. Therefore, the U.S. does not believe that it is realistic to expect that a significant force could be created and maintained in this manner.
AMISOM is an effective peacekeeping force and will provide a good starting place in developing and deploying a future UN mission.