AMISOM Drawdown Put on Hold

The plan to reduce the size of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) later this year has been postponed by the African Union Peace and Security Council. Following a meeting in Mauritania on 1 July, the council stressed “the need to put on hold the October 2018 reduction of 1,000 military personnel until the implementation of the pilot phase...

The plan to reduce the size of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) later this year has been postponed by the African Union Peace and Security Council.

Following a meeting in Mauritania on 1 July, the council stressed “the need to put on hold the October 2018 reduction of 1,000 military personnel until the implementation of the pilot phase expected by December 2018/February 2019 in order to enable AMISOM to reconfigure itself to effectively channel its support to the FGS [Federal Government of Somalia]”.

The move was taken on the basis of a joint African Union-United Nations review, which noted that Somali national security forces (SNSF) had not improved sufficiently to fill the security vacuums that would be created by an AMISOM drawdown.

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