Omamo urges troops increase for AMISOM

March 23, 2016 5:40 pm
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The CS emphasized that AMISOM was fighting terrorism in Somali on behalf of the international community and hence the need for the United Nations to fully fund its operations.

“It was felt that the threats of terror in Somalia are also a challenge to international peace and security. The UN needs to do its part in assisting in the financing of AMISOM,” she said.

She said defence and foreign affairs ministers of the concerned countries have been tasked to accelerate the process of engaging the United Nations Security Council as regards the issue of financing of AMISOM.

AMISOM faces financial constrains at a critical stage when Somalia is heading to a general election later in the year.

Since the formation of the force, the war torn country has slowly regained stability despite the imminent threat posed by Al-Shabaab militia.

The force is also tasked with fighting other transnational crimes, specifically along the Indian Ocean route which had been characterised by cases of human trafficking and piracy.

It is believed that terrorist largely used the expansive Somalia coast line to get their support, ranging from finances and armoury specifically through the Kismayu port, currently under the Kenya Defence Forces serving under AMISOM.

AMISOM, as a multidimensional peace support operation, is mandated to take all necessary measures in coordination with the Somalia National Defence and Public Safety Institutions, to reduce the threat posed by Al Shabaab.

The mission also liaises with humanitarian actors in facilitating humanitarian assistance in Somalia, as well as the resettlement of internally displaced persons and the return of refugees.

They also facilitate coordinated support by relevant AU institutions and structures towards the stabilisation and reconstruction of Somalia and Provide protection to AU and UN personnel, installations and equipment.

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