Somalia rejects reconfigured Amisom, mandate change proposal

Amisom soldiers on guard in Somalia. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Amisom’s mandate expires on December 31, having initially been extended by the UN Security Council from February this year. The mission was first created in 2007 by the African Union to help guard a transitional federal government that was setting up base. But as a combat force, it is not financed by the UN and relies on donors to run operations.

Somalia has rejected a proposal by the African Union to turn its peacekeeping force in Mogadishu into a hybrid mission, in what could set the stage for a battle for attention at the United Nations Security Council.

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