UN Security Council extends AMISOM mandate

The decision gives African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) the green light to carry on its operation until March 31, 2022, according to a statement by the Security Council on Tuesday night after the vote.

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UN Security Council extends AMISOM mandate

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by three months, giving time for talks to overhaul the mission.

As the situation in Somalia remains perilous with Al-Shabaab posing a potent threat to peace and security, the Security Council has decided to allow the AU troops to continue the war on Al-Shabaab.

The decision gives African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) the green light to carry on its operation until March 31, 2022, according to a statement by the Security Council on Tuesday night after the vote.

"The Council authorizes AMISOM to take all necessary steps to fully comply with the obligations in accordance with international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, and to fully implement them, respects the sovereignty and political independence of Somalia as stated in paragraphs 12 and 13 of resolution 2568 (2021),” reads the statement in part.

In October this year, Somalia rejected a proposal by AU peace and security council to turn AMISOM into United Nations and African Union hybrid mission to spearhead peacekeeping operations in the country.

Somalia, for its part, said it is implementing a plan called the STP, and a committee comprising the Federal Government and regional administrations has recently been set up to assess the transition plan.

AMISOM, whose mandate is due to expire in March 2022, is made up of 20,000 forces on the ground, mainly from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti who failed to defeat Al-Shabaab in 14 years.

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