Kenyan troops ready to join African Union force in Somalia

Soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the endorsement by the Kenyan Parliament of the Government’s  decision to have the country’s  troops join  the African Union peacekeeping Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, which he said needed to be brought to its full capacity.

AMISOM currently has 9,000 boots on the ground and Mr. Ban underscored the need for mission to reach full capacity.

Kenya sent troops to Southern Somalia in October to go after Al-Shabab rebels, following terrorist attacks and kidnappings on its soil.

The UN chief also met with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and the country's foreign minister to discuss regional issues.

He commended Kenya for its continued support to Somali refugees and the additional security measures taken in the camps hosting them.

Meanwhile, on Sudan, Mr. Ban discussed the need to resolve outstanding post-Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) issues, particularly, the question of Abyei.

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