Present since 2007, Amisom’s actions and its 20,000 men expire at the end of the year. But it should be extended to fight the terrorist group Al-Shabab, with a military component that can be expanded.
as reported from Addis Ababa, Noé Rochet-Bodin
The United Nations and the Somali government have until 31 December to accept the African Union’s proposal. The Continental Organization proposes that Amisom’s military operations be expanded and extended.
Currently made up of about 20,000 men from 6 African countries, this force should be reinforced. In fact, in this new generation of Amisom that the African Union envisioned, other Member States could be added to the operation.
A source in Addis Ababa is slipping that Egypt would be interested in sending its troops. Ethiopia, facing a civil war in Tigray, could withdraw troops from Somalia.
But the African Union is not content to observe a revival of Shebab’s activity. She also points to the political stalemate in Mogadishu. President Farmajo and his Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble have been involved in a criminal case for several months with the head of state. An internal struggle that contributes to the deterioration of the security situation assures the African Union.