African Union urged to increase peacekeepers in Somalia

Elmi Ahmed Duale

The African Union has been urged by the Security Council to increase the number of peacekeepers in Somalia to reach its mandated strength of 12,000.

It currently has just over 9,000.

The Security Council on Friday authorized the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to continue until the end of October next year.

The African peacekeepers from Burundi and Uganda are helping the Somali government to battle the Al-Shabaab insurgents and provide security for humanitarian operations in the conflict-affected country.

Somalia's Ambassador to the United Nations Elmi Ahmed Duale told the Security Council that his country needs urgent help.

"The Somali security forces are overextended at the present and they are contained only in Mogadishu. It is of utmost urgency to enlarge and improve the capabilities of the Somali armed forces and police. Further more, in order to consolidate and build on the recent security gains it's essential to also enlarge the AMISOM forces."

(Duration: 22")

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