Wednesday, December 22, 2010

UN council OKs big boost in AU Somalia force.. Somalia: UN calls for 4,000 more African Union peacekeepers. Uganda to send 1,800 extra troops to Somalia

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday authorized a boost in the African Union's peacekeeping force in Somalia from 8,000 to 12,000 troops to shore up the country's government against Islamist insurgents.
The force, known as AMISOM, currently consists of soldiers from Uganda and Burundi. Uganda is expected to provide the extra 4,000 troops.
African nations had been calling for an increase to 20,000 troops to rout militants from the capital Mogadishu, but major powers on the Security Council called that excessive. AMISOM's costs are largely met by the international community.
The lawless Horn of Africa nation has been mired in violence and awash with weapons since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991. Largely due to the anarchy, pirates have become a scourge of shipping off the Somali coast.
Western security officials say Somalia is a breeding ground for Islamist militants and is attracting increasing numbers of foreign jihadists.
Security Council diplomats say the extra troops should enable AMISOM to secure Mogadishu from Islamist al Shabaab rebels, who seek to topple the fragile government and impose a harsh form of sharia law.
Wednesday's resolution asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to go on providing equipment and services for AMISOM, which receives its mandate from the Security Council. It also urged U.N. member states and international bodies to contribute "generously and promptly" to a U.N. trust fund for AMISOM.
The force already receives about $130 million a year in outside funding, diplomats say.
Uganda's U.N. Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda told the council the resolution would improve AMISOM's ability to carry out its mandate, but said it was crucial the force received "the requisite resources."
Rugunda urged the Somali government "to remain cohesive and continue its efforts to reach out to those (opposition) groups that are willing and ready to cooperate in a spirit of reconciliation."
African countries and the Somali government have long urged the Security Council to send a full-fledged U.N. peacekeeping force to Somalia to replace AMISOM, but the council has said it will not do so until the security situation improves there.
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Somalia: UN calls for 4,000 more African Union peacekeepers


A peacekeeper at an African Union-controlled post overlooking a section of Mogadishu
22 December 2010The Security Council today called for a 50 per cent increase to 12,000 troops in the United Nations-backed African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia, which has been trying to bring stability to a country torn apart by 20 years of factional fighting. In a unanimous resolution authorizing deployment of the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 30 September 2011, the 15-member body called on Member States and international organizations to contribute funds and equipment “generously and promptly” to enable the force to fulfil a mandate that ranges from restoring peace to helping the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) develop national security and police forces.
It asks Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide UN logistical support to the enlarged force with equipment and services, while continuing his good offices for reconciliation in a country where Al Shabaab, other Islamist militias, factional groups and foreign fighters control vast tracts of territory in a fight to oust the internationally recognized TFG, based in Mogadishu, the capital.
Somalia has not had a functioning central government since the overthrow of the Muhammad Siad Barre in 1991, and the Council reiterated its serious concern at the impact of the continued fighting on the civilian population, stressing the terrorist threat that the armed opposition, particularly Al Shabaab, constitutes not only for Somalia but for the international community.
Citing human rights violations against civilians, including women and children, and humanitarian personnel, it voiced concern at “the worsening humanitarian situation” and “the significant decline” in humanitarian funding for Somalia and called on all Member States to contribute to current and future appeals.
The Council also reiterated its intent, mentioned in past resolutions, to set up a UN peacekeeping operation when conditions permit. At present the UN maintains a political office for Somalia (UNPOS) in Nairobi, capital of neighbouring Kenya, because of the poor security situation inside Somalia.
As in the past, the resolution called on all parties to support the Djibouti Agreement, a UN-facilitated peace process that began in 2008 and has been joined by one of the rebel groups.
On piracy, which has plagued shipping off the Somali coast, including vital supplies from the UN World Food Programme (WPF) to scores of thousands of hungry civilians, the Council called for a comprehensive international response to tackle both the scourge and its underlying causes.

 

Uganda to send 1,800 extra troops to Somalia

Uganda Amisom soldiers holding their position in Mogadishu. Photo/FILE

Uganda Amisom soldiers holding their position in Mogadishu. Photo/FILE 
By (Xinhua)Posted Wednesday, December 22 2010 at 16:44

NAKASEKE, Uganda, Wednesday
Over 1,800 Ugandan troops will soon be deployed in volatile Somalia following the completion of their training on Tuesday in the central Ugandan district of Nakaseke.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni praised the role his army was playing in stabilizing Somalia.
“I need to salute our soldiers who are participating in AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia). They have earned a good name for Uganda in the whole of Africa and the whole world,” he said.
Gen Aronda Nyakairima, the Chief of Defense Forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force said that the army has now got the capacity to perform continental and international peacekeeping missions.
These troops who now form UGABAG (Uganda Battle Group) Seven will replace their colleagues UGABAG Six who are currently deployed in Somalia.
A simulation exercise was carried out at Singo Training Wing to test the capacity of the troops to overcome obstacles. Bullets were fired below tight ropes that the soldiers were walking on.
Uganda is the largest contributor to the African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia. Museveni pointed out that the policy of the National Resistance Movement is not to succumb to wrong ideas, but to always stand for the truth.
At the same time, he said that Uganda will not succumb to terrorism threats by the Somalia militant group, Al Shabaab.
Mr Museveni, who was addressing a press conference at the State Lodge in Jinja Municipality at the conclusion of his campaign trail in Jinja Sub-Region, urged Ugandans to be vigilant in all public places and report suspicious characters.
On Monday evening, a grenade attack targeting a Kampala-bound public bus in Nairobi’s central business district left three people dead and dozens injured. Most of the injured were Ugandans who were going home for Christmas holidays.
A State House statement issued on Tuesday said that even after this year’s July 11 bombings that left 76 people dead and scores injured in the capital Kampala, Uganda’s continued stay in Somalia proved to the Somalis that Uganda is a reliable ally.
“After the World Cup tournament bomb blasts that rocked Kampala, Al Shabaab wrongly believed that Ugandans would abandon their Somali brothers and sisters. The UPDF, however, remained in Somalia and kept providing security and treatment to the Somalis.       
Museveni has since sent condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the blast, adding that because of the security measures and vigilance of the bus operators, the terrorist suspect was easily identified.
Meanwhile, a team of Ugandan anti and counter terrorism police officers on Tuesday joined their Kenyan counterparts in Nairobi to probe the grenade attacks.


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