ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The African Union
Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail
Chergui, on Monday called for more support from the UN
to realize national elections in Somalia by 2020.
speaking at the sidelines of the second day of session
of the 30th African Union (AU) Assembly of
Heads of State and Government, said the AU has budget
for peacekeeping operations in Somalia that lasts only
until May 2018.
particularly referring to the African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM), a regional peacekeeping mission
operated by the African Union with the approval of the
United Nations in Somalia.
which recently marked 10 years of peacekeeping in
strife-torn Somalia, has grown from a force of several
hundred to around 22,000.
has for some time faced monetary pressure and domestic
concerns over casualties from troop contributing
nations. Currently, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda and
Djibouti make up the AMISOM force.
“As much as
we regain territories, degrade terrorist group Al-Shabab,
we need to train and prepare Somali national forces to
take over for these interrelated processes progress to
be sustainable,” said Chergui.
overwhelming unanimity among AU member states on the
need to build institutions, to promote excellent
relationship among all regional leaders and prepare next
step in 2020 where we can have a new election with
international standard” said Chergui.
“As much as
we celebrate the defeat of Islamic State in Syria and
Iraq, we want the international community to put at our
disposal the same means and support so that we can
quickly recover the territories lost to terrorists in
Somalia, Lake Chad basin, Mali and Sahel region,” he
food security in Somalia improves amid declines in
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Food security has improved in Somalia
mainly due to continued large-scale humanitarian
assistance and seasonal improvements to food and income
sources during the Deyr (October-December) season, the
UN-backed food security analysis revealed on Monday.
The Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO)-managed Food Security and
Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early
Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) assessments however
showed that 2.7 million people will face Crisis or
Emergency between now and June.
represents improvement in the overall food security
situation in Somalia compared to the 3.2 million people
projected to be in Crisis or worse between April and
December 2017,” said the report released in Mogadishu.
said that although the risk of famine has declined, in
the absence of assistance, many households would face
large food consumption gaps.
“Humanitarian assistance must be sustained to prevent
further deterioration of the food security and nutrition
situation in Somalia,” FSNAU said.
the report, an additional 2.7 million people are
classified as Stressed through June, adding that in
total, 5.4 million people across Somalia face acute food
addition, in the absence of continued large-scale
assistance, food security is expected to deteriorate
through June 2018, as food and income sources decline
further,” the report said.
however, said 2017 Deyr rains were still below average
in most parts of Somalia and the 2018 Gu (April-June)
rains are also forecast to be below average.
result, food and income sources are expected to remain
below normal in most areas throughout the projection
period,” FSNAU said.
AU’s Somalia mission to
train, mentor local security forces
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
said Sunday a multinational team of newly deployed
police officers will mentor and train local police
forces in the management of law and order as the country
rebuilds its security institutions.
the 40 AU police officers from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria,
Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia who have just concluded
induction training will be deployed in different police
stations in Mogadishu and in the federal member states
where AMISOM has presence.
Rex Dundun, the Chief of Staff of AMISOM Police urged
the police officers to execute AMISOM’s mandate with
diligence and commitment to duty.