UNITED NATIONS — Tension arising from the UN Security Council's reliance on African nations to supply peacekeepers came into sharper focus Friday, as diplomats, UN and African Union officials sparred over how to stretch their resources to meet the boom in peacekeeping.
A report Friday from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the increasing role of AU peacekeeping. Whether the missions are led by UN or AU forces, African conflicts — many a legacy of colonialization and long-simmering divisions like those in Sudan and Congo — occupy about 70 percent of the Security Council's usual monthly agenda.
Behind the recurring theme of ever-increasing cooperation among UN and AU operations, African leaders and AU officials disclosed their uneasiness with a system that, in their view, often leaves their troops unable to do their jobs properly.
"Too frequently, AU member states are able to muster sufficient troop numbers to address crisis situations, only to have lack of equipment and logistical support let them down," Nigeria's foreign minister, Henry Odein Ajumogobia, told the 15-nation council.