Somalia

The United Nations and the Africa Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have reached an agreement on reimbursement of claims by troop and police contributing countries during operations in the Horn of Africa nation.

A statement from AMISOM said Thursday that Boards of Inquiry (BOI), an analytical and managerial tool used within UN peacekeeping missions, will be critical in facilitating claims for reimbursement made by countries contributing troops and police officers to the AMISOM,

Speaking at the end of a two-day meeting in Mogadishu, the Special Representative of the African Union Chairperson for Somalia Francisco Madeira said most troop contributing countries (TCCs) and police contributing countries (PCCs) had lost a substantial amount of equipment because of the hostile and harsh environment in which they operate yet they were unable to seek reimbursement as they did not know the procedures of setting up a BOI.

“It’s important that the troop and police contributing countries, UN and the AU are in agreement and comfortable with the way forward and how we operate so that we can expedite the outstanding claims and move forward with the new ones,” Madeira said.

He said the process of a tripartite agreement between the UN, AU and troop and police contributing countries on how to seek reimbursement for contingent owned equipment was now complete and awaiting signing by the nations involved.

The AU envoy said the major success of the workshop has been the agreement by UN that equipment lost during war or battle will be compensated.

He asked the participants to communicate to share the message with their respective countries and organizations.

Madeira asked the countries which were yet to append their signatures on the tripartite agreement to move with speed so that they can be reimbursed for the lost or damaged equipment.

While Uganda and Ethiopia have signed the tripartite agreement, Kenya and Djibouti have yet to finalize on some issues they had sought clarification.

In addition, Burundi which also contributes troops to the mission is yet to sign the document.

Head of the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) Hubert Price said the reimbursement for Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) to African Union TCCs/PCCs commenced in 2012 through the UN Security Council Resolution.

Price said the workshop was designed to ensure that all TCC/PCC obtain a good understanding of the process to follow in seeking reimbursement and pledged continued UNSOS support to the process.

The tripartite Boards of Inquiry arises from a Memorandum of Understanding that the UN reached with troop and police contributing countries to provide reimbursement for assets for COE that may be lost or damaged through hostile action or abandonment while in the mission area. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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