ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Just over four months before theend of the mandate of the troops in the nation of Somalia, the African Union [AU] reached an agreement with the Federal Government of Somalia on the future of the armed forces of the African Union Mission [AMISOM] in Somalia’s Horn of Africa.
A resolution adopted in June agreed that AMISOM troops would remain in Somalia until December 2021 and then leave for their respective countries, but Somalia opposed the measure due to the threat posedbyAl-Shabaab in the country.
and FGS said Sunday that a number of issues have been resolved, a move that will extend troops’ stay in Somalia until stability is achieved, with troops largely paid by the European Union and the United Nations. of the Somalia Transition Plan [STP], which provides that the mission troops hand over security tasks to the Somali National Army [SNA], albeit gradually.
In addition, the two teams agreed that AlShabaab remains a major threat in the country and therefore there is a need to work together to eliminate the militants. A clear roadmap has been given on how this is to be achieved in the coming months.
As part of the agreement, AMISOM command control will be improved; Demands for joint operations by building agile forces were also widely discussed. An “applicable, achievable and revolutionary” operation concept (Conops) is expected to be available by October 31, 2021.
They ignored a recent assessment by a team of UA experts who proposed a UNAU hybrid mission after December 2021. as it is not mentioned in the framework agreement. Somalia had resisted the experts’ suggestions.
in various areas within the missionary jurisdiction. Contributing countries include Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda and Burundi, and troops have been deployed since 2007 to look for alternatives to fill in the gaps. The KDF team has committed to staying in Somalia a little longer.