AU-EU meeting: Zuma expected to call for more funding for peace operations

President Jacob Zuma is one of five African presidents who will address the summit in the Ivorian capital.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma is expected to call for greater United Nations funding of peace support operations in Africa when he speaks at the gathering of African and European leaders in Abidjan on Wednesday.

Zuma is one of five African presidents who will address the summit in the Ivorian capital.

More than 80 countries are represented at the summit in Abidjan marking 10 years of this closer cooperation between the neighbouring continents.

Zuma will lead the discussion on African security where funding from the United Nations and the European Union to peacekeeping mission is being cut.

Zuma will acknowledge Africa’s commitment to pay a quarter of the bill.

But he’ll urge the UN to accept its primary responsibility in these operations and to act more quickly in putting out the fires than endanger regional peace and security.