Burundi & African Union Resolve AMISOM Salary Dispute

Burundi and the African Union (AU) on Thursday 17/2/2017 reached an agreement on modalities of payment of Burundian troops battling Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

According to First Vice President of Burundi Gaston Sindimwo, they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) after meeting with AU’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smaïl Chergui.

The MoU signed Thursday was between AU envoys and a Burundian delegation which included the Foreign Affairs, Public Security and Defense Ministers.

Burundi has been threatening to withdraw troops deployed in Somalia under the AMISOM mandate citing salary problems which are financed by the European Union (EU), but the payment arrangements are governed by an agreement between the AU and the contributing countries.

AMISOM has a strong force of 22,000 soldiers deployed in various sectors in Somalia to fight Al Shabaab militants.

Burundi has the second biggest AMISOM contingent – after Uganda – of some 5,400 soldiers.

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