African Union is authorized to increase peacekeepers in Somalia
Laaska News December 2010.
Newyork(UN) The Security Council has authorized the African Union (AU) to maintain the deployment of its mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until the end of September next year.
AMISOM troops are helping the government of Somalia which is facing Al Shabaab insurgents.
In a resolution unanimously adopted on Wednesday, the Security Council also requested the AU to increase the strength of AMISOM from 8,000 to 12,000 troops.
Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda, which has contributed the majority of the AMISOM troops in Somalia, welcomed the adoption of the Security Council resolution.
“We welcome the Security Council’s positive response to the request by the African Union for increasing the strength of AMISOM which will enhance its capacity to carry out its mandate. It is also crucial to ensure that AMISOM receives the requisite resources needed to fulfil its mandate effectively.”
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