UN: Security Council authorizes ongoing AU deployment in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has authorized the member states of the
African Union (AU) to maintain the ongoing deployment of the African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM) for an additional 10 months, until 30 May 2016.

The Council, in a unanimously-adopted resolution here late Tuesday, noted the UN Secretary-General’s recommendation that conditions would not be appropriate for a UN peacekeeping operation in the country until the end of 2016, at the earliest.

The Council also extended the mandate of the UN Special Assistance Mission in Somalia
(UNSOM) until 30 March 2016, underlining the need for both AMISOM and UNSOM
to strengthen their relationship to ensure support for the country’s political process.

It also authorized the deployment of up to 22,126 uniformed personnel for AMISOM, and
requested a "structured and targeted" reconfiguration of the mission to enable a surge
in its efficiency.

"By 30 October 2015, the African Union should have developed, in close collaboration with the United Nations, a new concept of operations for the mission," the Council said.

Underscoring the importance of UNSOM’s support to the political process in Somalia, in particular the preparation of the electoral process in 2016, the Council urged the mission to strengthens its presence in all capitals of Somalia's Interim Regional Administrations.

It noted that deployment of civilian planning in regional capitals should also be a priority in order to improve joint planning between military and civilian components.

On the national security front, the Council welcomed the adoption of the Guulwade (Victory) Plan by the Federal Government of Somalia,saying "it is a critical step towards developing a more effective national army."
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