General William Ward
The United States military command for Africa, known as AFRICOM, is offering enhanced support for African Union peace and security initiatives. The commander, General William Ward, hailed Ethiopia's decision to supply badly-needed helicopters to the joint AU/United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
He met Tuesday with African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra for talks on continental hot spots, including Sudan and Somalia. The meeting came as Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, backed by the AU peacekeeping force AMISOM, is preparing an offensive against rebel forces that control much of the country.
But speaking to VOA, General Ward emphasized AFRICOM's role in Somalia is strictly limited to indirect support for the U.N.-backed government.
Posted by Mwasera, Nairobi, Kenya