Ethiopia: AU renews mandate of its mission Somalia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Friday decided to renew the mandate of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for 12 months, until 31 July 2018, after noting with “serious concern that that Al-Shabaab terrorist group continues to represent a threat to peace, security and stability in Somalia, to the region and, to the wider international community.”

In a communiqué issued after its 700th meeting, the Council said its decision was based on revised core tasks including supporting political dialogue and reconciliation in Somalia; protection of main population centres and the presence of international actors, securing and enabling political processes, reconciliation, maintenance of law and order; and securing the main supply routes beginning with those linking main population centres through joint operations with Somali forces.

It mentioned other core tasks as conducting targeted operations against Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups, jointly with Somali forces; capacity building at various levels of Somali National Security Force (SNSF), in line with the National Security Architecture nd in full coordination with UN and other relevant partners; and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and support to early recovery and extension of state authority, within available resources of the Mission.

The Council has requested the AU Commission to work closely with the Federal Government of Somalia, the troop contributing countries, the United Nations and other relevant international partners, to revise AMISOM’s Concept of Operations, in light of the proposed revised mandate, an updated threat assessment, a review of the Mission’s operational requirements and a revised transition plan based on the time period from 2017 to 2021, in line with the request by the Federal Government of Somalia and the recommendations made by the AU-UN Joint Review.

In this regard, Council underscored the imperative of addressing current AMISOM capabilities gaps through the generation of additional enablers and force multiplier,in order to enhance the Mission’s operational effectiveness.
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