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Troop contributing states disagree with UN on leaving Somalia

The five East African nations contributing troops to the AMISOM peacekeeping mission in Somalia have called on the U.N. Security Council to keep troops slated for removal by 2020.

The withdrawal of the more than 20,000 AMISOM peacekeepers from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia and Djibouti is slated to begin this year. Heads of state from the five countries met with Somalia's president and regional officials in Kampala on Friday.

The troop contributing states want UN to reverse the 2020 drawdown plans. Uganda President Yoweri Museveni said a lot of progress has been made and needs to be cemented 

The countries reaffirmed their commitment to continue to assist the federal government of Somalia in its stabilisation effort, but they warned that the planned AMISOM drawdown would endanger hard-fought gains made since the force deployed to Somalia in 2007.

More than 80 per cent of the country's territory has been recovered by the Somalia National Army and AMISOM, but the political and security situation in Somalia remains fragile.

In a communique read by Uganda's foreign minister, Sam Kutesa, the heads of state said the main thrust of U.S. Security Council Resolution 2372 of Aug. 30, 2017, "was a phased reduction and drawdown of AMISOM troops by 2020."

The leaders said the time frames and troop levels under the resolution were "not realistic and would lead to a reversal of the gains made by AMISOM."

Lack of funds

One of the main issues of concern for the troop-contributing countries has been the inadequate funding of AMISOM, which was the basis for the call last year to draw down troops.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has pledged to rebuild the national army.

"But I believe we have a long way to go," he said.

"We need to put together a sound strategy in order to effectively fight against al-Shabab and defeat them. If we continue to collaborate with the help of the [European Union] and international community to continue funding this operation, we will be able to defeat al-Shabab in a very short order."

al-Shabab militants continue to carry out frequent attacks. The group carried out Somalia's deadliest terror attack ever in October of last year — a truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 300 people. However, the regional leaders meeting in Uganda stressed that threats in Somalia also stem from other armed groups and from communal infighting.

"There is no doubt that we need to continue sustained military operations," said Moussa Faki Mahamat, president of the African Union Commission.

"Most importantly, we must also address in a comprehensive manner the causes of radicalisation, continued recruitment and localised grievances and conflicts."

Emphasis was also put on the need to provide more than 5.4 million people in Somalia with lifesaving humanitarian assistance.

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+6 #1 Lysol 2018-03-03 23:07
The Amison goals has changed from peace-keeping to financial gains and to keep those African dictators (like Museveni) in power for life. It has become his bargaining tool to for both his politically and financially survival.

The is not much progress on the ground, instead the Amison is bogged down with no exit strategy in place.
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+4 #2 gwok 2018-03-04 02:39
Quoting Lysol:
The Amison goals has changed from peace-keeping to financial gains and to keep those African dictators (like Museveni) in power for life. It has become his bargaining tool to for both his politically and financially survival.

The is not much progress on the ground, instead the Amison is bogged down with no exit strategy in place.


I agree. It is a milking cow situation, just like Kony's war was.

That conflict of interest is straight forward, isn't it? In this context, for "troop-contribution countries", please read "countries selling humans for wars" that are not theirs.
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+5 #3 Jama 2018-03-04 17:03
The withdrawal of troops will be a big blow to his diplomacy and provoke the fragility of his regime.

This arrogant threat has shut the eyes, blocked ears and twisted the arms of the western countries which acted as spectators when he was prolonging his presidency against the popular will and at all cost.
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+2 #4 kabayekka 2018-03-04 20:50
What democratic governance gains has Somalia obtained that other African countries have pride of place in their own countries?
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+1 #5 WADADA rogers 2018-03-05 08:39
These states must be earning big and or stealing big by their presence in Somalia
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+1 #6 miki 2018-03-05 09:04
Uganda and Ugandans first! Protect the lives of Ugandans first before pursuing this pan-African nonsense.

It is time for Mr. Museveni to choose either to be Uganda's president or to be Somalia President..

Ugandans elected Museveni to take care of them first and foremost. How can you champion the protection of Somalis (the majority o whom hate peace anyway) while Ugandan city streets and the countryside have been taken over by murderous criminals?

If Amison has not helped Somalia build a national army in seven years, then chances are that it will never do so.

Bring home the Ugandan personnel and concentrate on the protection of Ugandans first. I love Africa, but I love Uganda and Ugandans more.
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0 #7 Akot 2018-03-05 20:47
Lysol,
gwok,

Agreed! It's time UN becomes useful or dismentles to stop endless wars that bring money while people are killed-flee their countries-confined in refugee camps-imposed on peaceful countries...!

Dismentling or Reformation of UN with new conditions to membership is overdue!

Why is UN financed when it only promots wars while negotiating with dictators/war mongers...?

Would USA-UK-EU countries dare go to war-be tribalist-racist...& UN sits down to negotiate with?

Is UN aware Europe has been turned upside down with refugees-asylum/good life seekers running away from wars that UN could easily prevent/stop?

European old political parties have been overhauled-renewed-reformed...to suit present needs!

Why is UN not Reformed with specific goals/conditions to legitimise its exist & usefullness?
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0 #8 Akot 2018-03-05 21:05
kabayekka, rightly put!

Somalians are among the biggest % in today migration & as troops stay & fighting goes on, more & more somalians are leaving for safety elsewhere: peaceful Uganda-Europe...!

When UN-African troops take side in any war, they become enemies of opposing sides!

This is why Ugandans MUST end tribalism because they will never be FREE & will finally lose minds & take to arms!

Museveni does not accept armd struggle against him nor opposition to his diabolical rule, so why does he join wars in other countries, more so it's Ugandans going to pay for his blood/money thirst?

When will Ugandans wake up?
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0 #9 Akot 2018-03-05 21:20
miki, understood, yet,

Is +32 years not enough to see museveni does not care, will never care about Ugandans?

The only future Ugandans have is without museveni & this, they can only realise it TOGETHER!

Somalians started leaving their country for better life +50 years ago & this will not end unless they find solution to their problems Together: no outside influence will bring answers to them!

Just as Ugandans will never have a start unless they throw museveni out in Unity, then go for the kind of governance they want!

Until then, museveni will do as he wishes & puts UN-AU-EU... in his pockets!

How many UN bosses have come & left museveni in power, 3?

How many USA-EU leaders have been renewed & museveni stays on, 5?

UN using demon museveni for solutions to problems elsewhere, except in Uganda where the demon is taken for granted as lifetime chef tribal leader!
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0 #10 Akot 2018-03-05 21:28
Jama, agreed, yet,

If Ugandans come out in Unity against museveni, who will go against them?

But all go along with the most inhuman tribalists blood thristy dictator/conqueror the world has ever seen because Ugandans are keeping him in power!

Uganda is solution to UN-EU-Israel problem with refugees too; our people won't say a word & are not in position of power as they maintain the tribalistic system & museveni just goes on!
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