Troop-contributing countries approved exit plan from Somalia

Hiiraan Xog,  AMISOM troop contributing countries have supported a strategic document developed by the mission that will provide an effective framework for the gradual transition of security responsibilities to Somalia’s security institutions.

A newly developed Concept of Operations (CONOPs), which will guide AMISOM’s activities and operations for the 2018-2021 period had marked the final phase of the AU Mission’s transition and eventual exit from Somalia.

The Military chiefs from eight African countries that contribute troops to AMISOM approved the document.

In A statement, AMISOM said the military, police chiefs and representatives of AMISOM troop and police from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia okayed CONOPs during a meeting last week.

“The MOCC (Military Operations Coordination Committee of AMISOM) endorsed the CONOPs as a strategic document which will guide the urgent development of an operational plan to include required details on the implementation of the CONOPs,” AMISOM said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

“It was further concluded that the implementation of AMISOM mandated tasks requires resources and necessary enablers and equipment to ascertain timely and successful transition,” it said.

According to the statement, the chiefs urged the Somali government to conduct effective force generation to gradually take over security responsibilities in Somalia.

It said the document was developed in line with Somalia’s Transition Plan and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2431 to facilitate the gradual hand over of security responsibilities to the Somali security forces.

CONOPs is expected to provide a comprehensive basis for conducting operations in the training and mentoring of Somali police and army and create a framework for stabilization, civil-military activities, early recovery, and reconstruction.

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