NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Lack of funding is threatening the operations of
the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), an African Union
(AU) official said Thursday.
Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission
for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, said the inadequate funding
threatened the operations of peacekeepers and the Somali
little can happen to move forward with certain undertakings
already made on the security front,” he said during a media
briefing in Nairobi.
Madeira said AMISOM
needs support to conduct the last leg of military operations to
recover territory that remains under the control of Al-Shabaab
“We are planning
elaborate offensive operations next year mainly in the Jubba
valley, Gedo region and Middle Juba regions, areas that still
harbor pockets of Al-Shabaab militants,” said Madeira.
He revealed that
AMISOM has been unable to undertake military operations in the
recent past due to limitations in personnel, logistics and
“We need urgent
support to recover the territories that are currently under Al-Shabaab,”
the envoy noted.
The Envoy observed
that the Somali security forces need to be capacitated to take
over the security responsibilities since the drawdown of AMISOM
troops from Somalia entails the handover of some of the Forward
Operating Bases in the sectors to the Somali National Army.
“A stable Somalia is
critical for stability across the East African region and
beyond. If we do not decisively address the threat of Al-Shabaab,
they will continue to pose a danger to the whole world,” he
A review of the AU
Mission in Somalia that was carried out by the African Union and
the UN, during the course of the year, recommended a gradual and
phased reduction and re-organization of the AU Mission.
The UN Security
Council Resolution 2372(2017) extended AMISOM’s mandate to 31
May 2018 and authorizes troop reduction, starting this December,
as the Somali government progressively takes over AMISOM’s
1,000 peace keepers
have already left Somalia while a similar number will leave by
May next year.
Four Al-Shabaab militants
surrender to Somali government
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
Four Al-Shabaab militants including top commanders surrendered
to the Somali government on Thursday, officials said.
Ugaas Hassan, the
Information Minister for the Southwest State in Somalia,
confirmed to Xinhua that the militants agreed to lay down arms
and surrender to Somali National Army and Southwest State forces
in Berdale town.
fighters including deputy commander of the group in the Bay
region surrendered to the officials of the Somalia National Army
(SNA) and Southwest state in Somalia in Berdale town, these
militants decided to denounce the wrong ideology of the
terrorist group Al-Shabaab,” said Hassan.
The joint forces,
including the SNA and African Union troops, have intensified
military operations against Al-Shabaab militants in the recent
past while some militants are either escaping or leaving from
the group now.
are going on in the region now, and we are welcoming anyone who
is in the terrorist group to accept peace process,” Hassan said.
development came against a backdrop of factional wars within the
Al-Qaeda linked terrorist network that has intensified this