Uganda’s Daily Monitor reports:
The European Union will provide 265,000 euros (Shs840 million) in urgent funding to the African Union High-level ad hoc committee to Libya.
The AU mission consisting of the heads of state from Uganda, South Africa, Mali, Mauritania and Congo was delayed last weekend after a UN Security Council resolution imposed a no-fly zone over the war-torn country.
The EU and AU positions have clashed over whether the military action in Libya is warranted – the EU gave the measure early support, while the AU has flatly objected to foreign military intervention.
The AU has not yet set another date for its mission to Libya, but will be meeting with the UN, EU, Arab League and Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Addis Ababa tomorrow.
Cynics have explained the AU’s negative reaction to the no fly zone in Libya as motivated partly by Qadhafi’s significant and sustained financial backing of the AU. With the EU engaging the AU financially and diplomatically, it appears that European powers are looking to win some AU support for the operations in Libya – and to start shaping a new political calculus in (a post-Qadhafi?) Africa.