UN to renew AMISOM mission in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The UN Security Council is set to discuss on the situations in Somalia and Yemen, as well as the sanction imposed on South Sudan.
Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of May said the council would feature two open debates.
Mr. Djani the Security Council will also discuss on 21 May the situation in Yemen, mandate renewal for African Union mission known as AMISOM in Somalia which is set to expire.
The mission is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations Security Council.
AMISOM mission was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council on 19 January 2007 with an initial six-month mandate.
On 21 February 2007 the United Nations Security Council approved the mission’s mandate.
The AMISOM mission is mandated to support Somalia, such as to implement a national security plan, train security forces, and to create a secure environment to be delivered food aid.
AMISOM also supports Somalia’s forces in fighting against Al-Shabaab militants, in a bid to flush the group out of the war-ravaged nation.
Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has been fighting for more than ten years in Somalia.
The group wants to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.
It has lost control of many towns and cities to a 22,000-strong African Union force supporting the government.
But the group still has a strong presence in many rural areas.