AU Calls For More UN Support To Realize Somalia Elections In 2020

The AU 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.

Chergui, speaking at the sidelines of the second day of the session of the 30th African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government, said the AU has the budget for peacekeeping operations in Somalia that lasts only until May 2018.

He was 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.

AMISOM, which recently marked 10 years of peacekeeping in strife-torn Somalia, has grown from a force of several hundred to around 22,000.

The mission 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.

Xafiiska Shabakada
Garoowe Somalia

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