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AU Revises AMISOM Mandate In Somalia

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At its strategic 356th meeting held on February 27 on the Strategic Review of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the AU Council said AMISOM, as a multidimensional Peace Support Operation, “shall be mandated to take all necessary measures, as appropriate, and in coordination with the Somalia National Defence and Public Safety Institutions, to reduce the threat posed by Al Shabaab and other armed opposition groups.”


Led by Ugandan troops, the peacekeepers would also assist in consolidating and expanding the control of the Federal of Government of Somalia (FGS) over its national territory.


The troops will further assist the FGS in establishing conditions for effective and legitimate governance across Somalia, “through support, as appropriate, in the areas of security, including the protection of Somali institutions and key infrastructure, governance, rule of law and delivery of basic services.”


AMISOM will also provide, within its capabilities and as appropriate, technical and other support for the enhancement of the capacity of the Somalia State institutions, particularly the National Defence, Public Safety and Public Service Institutions.


The resolutions imply AMISOM would lead more military and other operations aimed at ensuring full stability and recovery of the country after several decades of war.


Initially, AMISOM was required to guard strategic installations in Somalia which included the presidential palace, airport and others and also defend themselves against any attacks by insurgents.


It was not until 2010 twin terror attacks in Kampala by Al Shabaab that the AU, sitting at Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo, gave AMISOM powers to pursue and attack the terrorists.


Since then, several towns including Mogadishu have fallen to AMISOM, further weakening Al Shabaab and sending them in disarray.


According to the Council, AMISOM troops, in coordination with Somali government forces, will support the FGS in establishing the required institutions and conducive conditions for the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections by 2016, in accordance with the Provisional Constitution.


Recovery programmes

The Force will also “liaise with humanitarian actors and facilitate, as may be required and within its capabilities, humanitarian assistance in Somalia, as well as the resettlement of internally displaced persons and the return of refugees,” according to a press statement seen by Chimpreports.


AMISOM is also required to “facilitate coordinated support by relevant AU institutions and structures towards the stabilization and reconstruction of Somalia, and provide protection to AU and UN personnel, installations and equipment, including the right of self?defence at its Council.”


On October 11 2012, the Council expressed full support to the decision of the Commission to undertake a strategic review of AMISOM and the implementation of its mandate.


Some of the preliminary findings of the review stressed the need for the enhancement of the effectiveness of AMISOM and strengthened coordination, as well as the imperative to address the issue of sustainable and predictable funding for the next phase of the Mission.


Meanwhile, the Council welcomed the continuing security gains being recorded in the country by the Somalia National Security Forces (SNSF), with the support of AMISOM and the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF).


It also commended, once again, AMISOM for its outstanding contribution to the improvement of security in Somalia, the stabilization of the country and furtherance of the reconciliation process.


It also stressed the need for effective and coordinated efforts to secure Somalia’s coastline to deprive Al Shabaab of means and resources to carry out its terrorist activities.

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