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UN extends AU mission in Somalia

UN extends AU mission in Somalia

The United Nations Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), calling on Somali leaders to hold free and fair elections.

A 13-page memorandum prepared by the British government has been approved by the 15-member Security Council.

“The Security Council announced today its adoption of a resolution reauthorizing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 31 December and maintaining its overall 19,626 uniformed personnel level ahead of the phased handover of responsibilities to Somali security forces, planned for later in 2021,” the resolution reads in part.

The United Nations Security Council has called on the Somali parties to resolve their differences and hold elections as soon as possible.

The federal government and the regional state leaders are expected to hold talks to finalize the September 17 election agreement.

AMISOM is a peace support operation with nearly 20,000 forces on the ground mainly from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti.
Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Sierra Leone are the six police-contributing countries.

AMISOM has been in Somalia backing the Somali federal government and fighting against the al-Shabaab terrorist group since Jan. 19, 2007.

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