African Union (AU) Call for Additional Deployment of 4,000 Troops in Somalia

The Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) for AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) during its 22nd meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called additional deployment of 4,000 troops in Somalia.

The Tuesday meeting emphasized on the urgent need for the UN and other international community partners to support additional 4,000 troops in an effort to boost the already force in Somalia battling Al-Shabaab terrorists.

They also asked for support on provision of rations, fuel, and medical, for a limited duration, to allow for the conduct of offensive operations, as a catalyst for AMISOM imminent draw-down from Somalia.

MOCC also agreed that the AU Commission should convene a planning meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia again not later than the first week of February 2017, to finalize the operational plan for the conduct of expanded offensive operations.

In a statement released by AU, MOCC reiterated the need for the continued and enhanced support to the Somalia National Army especially in preparation for the envisaged expanded offensive operations.

Chiefs of Defense Staff of AMISOM troop contributing countries (Ethiopia, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda) or their designated representatives attended the meeting, chaired by the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui.

Also presents at the meeting included the Representatives of the Somalia National Army, partner countries and institutions namely: the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the European Union and the United Nations.


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