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United states throws weight behind African union bid for UN ratification of troops to fight Boko Haram

amanda j dory

The African Union bid to have the United Nations ratify the recent decision to create a 10,000 troops force to fight boko haram has received a major boost as the United states who are one of the five veto holding powers have thrown their weight behind the initiative. The united states spokesperson Deputy Assistant secretary of Defence for African Affairs Amanda J Dory speaking recently at a gathering in the Cameroon capital of Yaounde “"The U.S. is providing diplomatic support in terms of engagement in the U.N. Security Council for the awaited resolution authorising the deployment of a Multinational Joint Task Force by the African Union against Boko Haram," she informed the state radio.

The implication of United Nations ratification if successful will imply UN funding of the initiative including a commitment to provide suitable military hardware and logistics which has been the bane of forces contending against Boko Haram especially Nigerian forces.

African Diplomats in addition have asserted that the African Union Peace and Security Council were due to discuss on Thursday the draft text of a possible resolution that could then be circulated to the 15 U.N. Security Council members. It would be recalled that the French foreign minister while on a tour of some African countries last month had also confirmed the unalloyed support of France regarding the confirmation of the initiative anytime it came before the UN which they are also an influential member of as the president of the Security Council. France a few days ago confirmed they will be sending more French counter insurgency operatives to support African regional efforts battling Boko Haram insurgency.

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