African Union approves request to pause withdrawal of peacekeeping troops in Somalia

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The African Union has approved Somalia’s request to the UN Security Council for a three-month tactical pause before the withdrawal of international troops fighting the al-Shabaab terrorist group in the country’s central regions, amid military setbacks.

In a statement issued Thursday evening by the African Union Peace and Security Council, the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia said it strongly supports the request for a pause in the withdrawal of 3,000 of its uniformed personnel.

Published from Mogadishu, the Somali capital, it highlights the Union’s “solidarity with the people and the Federal Government of Somalia in their aspirations for lasting peace, security, stability and prosperity, which will benefit the Somali region. Horn of Africa and the continent as a whole. “.

The Council, which is the permanent decision-making body of the African Union for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, also welcomed the commitment of the troop contributing countries, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Djibouti and Uganda, to work with Somalia and its partners. to obtain the financial support necessary for the transition mission.

Although the transitional mission and African peace and security leaders have decided to end the withdrawal, it will ultimately be up to the African Union and other members of the international community to provide the necessary financial support. to finance it, according to Abdirisak Aden, executive director of the Farsight Africa research and policy studies center, based in Mogadishu.

“Somalia needs a fraction of the U.S. and European funding going to Ukraine to defeat Al-Shabaab, a global terrorist organization,” he said.

The second phase of withdrawal of African Union troops aims to withdraw 3,000 peacekeepers from Somalia, while the mission has already withdrawn more than 2,000 peacekeepers from the Horn of Africa country. Africa.

Mogadishu’s request to the UN Security Council stems from the urgent need to address significant challenges and “profound” implications for Somalia’s security transition.

The unforeseen turn of events strained “our military forces, exposed the vulnerabilities of our front lines, and required extensive reorganization to ensure that we maintain our momentum in the fight against the al-Shabaab threat,” a letter from Somalia to the UN Security Council.

The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia is a multidimensional mission authorized by the continental bloc and mandated by the UN Security Council to operate in the country since 2007.

The force aims to help the Somali government in its fight against Al-Shabaab, which has links to the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.

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