Statement by David A. Traystman, United States Adviser, on Agenda Item 163: Financing of the Activities arising from Security Council Resolution 1863 (2009), in the Fifth Committee of the Sixty-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

David A. Traystman
United States Advisor 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
November 5, 2009


Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

We would like to thank the UN Controller, Jun Yamazaki, for introducing the report of the Secretary-General on Financing of support of the African Union Mission in Somalia for the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 (A/64/465) and Collen Kelapile, the Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions for introducing the report of the Advisory Committee (A/64/509).

The United States strongly supports the important role played by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the decision to strengthen support for AMISOM provided under Security Council resolution 1863.  AMISOM assists the Somali people in achieving peace and reconciliation, facilitates the delivery of humanitarian assistance, protects key installations in Mogadishu, and assists Somalia in building its own security sector.

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the continuing military offensives against the TFG and the African Union Mission in Somalia, including the deadly September 17 suicide attacks by al-Shaabab against AMISOM headquarters that killed 21 people.  The United States was greatly saddened by the deaths of AMISOM members in this attack.   The United States would like to pay its deepest respects to those who lost their lives and express our hope for a full and swift recovery for those who were wounded.

Mr. Chairman,

Since the deployment of AMISOM in 2007, the United States has provided $135 million for logistical and equipment support and pre-deployment training for the Burundian and Ugandan forces, including 72 armored vehicles.  Furthermore, the United States continues to provide humanitarian assistance to Somalia, having donated more than $150 million in food and non-food emergency assistance in the past year.  We plan to continue this level of support.

The September 17th attacks on AMISOM headquarters remind us that the security situation in Somalia remains tenuous.  We must ensure that progress made will not be reversed and that the path to peace and stability in Somalia will be strengthened.  With this in mind, we look forward to the Fifth Committee authorizing the funding required to continue to provide the logistical and other support to AMISOM requested by the Secretary-General.

Mr. Chairman,

As my delegation has stated on previous occasions in this Committee, the main committee of the General Assembly with responsibility for administrative and budgetary matters, at a time of rapidly escalating expenses associated with the multiple and varied activities of this Organization, it is imperative that we make every effort to maximize the effective use of available resources.  Given such record costs and our responsibilities to our respective governments, particularly in this difficult financial climate, we must be vigilant to ensure that the resources we provide are properly managed and used in an efficient, effective and transparent manner. My delegation looks forward to working constructively with all members of this committee in examining closely this and all budgetary proposals to ensure that we will have the funds we need to address other important mandated activities. 

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.


PRN: 2009/266