UN delays Amisom troop withdrawal

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The UN Security Council on Monday delayed a plan to draw down the peacekeeping mission in Somalia after finding that Somali security forces were not sufficiently trained to take over from the exiting forces.

Some 1,000 troops in the 20,000-strong African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) were scheduled to leave by the end of October, but the council unanimously adopted a resolution postponing their departure to the end of February.

Deployed in 2007 to shore up the Somali government in its battle with Islamist militias, Amisom operates under a Security Council mandate and receives funding from the United Nations and the European Union.

In a letter to the council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said plans to cut Amisom troops “were not realistic”, noting that…

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