Security Council authorizes more troops for AU mission in Somalia

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Elmi Ahmed Duale

The Security Council has voted to increase the number of troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the Council authorized the African Union to raise the mission's force strength from just below 18,000 to more than 22,000 uniformed personnel.

The AU troops have been supporting Somali national forces in rooting out Al-Shabaab militants.

Dr Elmi Ahmed Duale is Somalia's ambassador to the United Nations.

"While we fully appreciate that AMISOM has received a full support and increase of the numbers of the troops as well as logistical and other support, enabling support, we hope that also the Somali army contingent fighting together with AMISOM to defeat the last strongholds of Al-Shabaab to also be supported through a more consistent and more timely manner by the UN funds."

The Security Council also authorized the African Union to maintain the mission's deployment through October 2014.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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