The plan to reduce the size of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) later this year has been postponed by the African Union Peace and Security Council.
Following a meeting in Mauritania on 1 July, the council stressed “the need to put on hold the October 2018 reduction of 1,000 military personnel until the implementation of the pilot phase expected by December 2018/February 2019 in order to enable AMISOM to reconfigure itself to effectively channel its support to the FGS [Federal Government of Somalia]”.
The move was taken on the basis of a joint African Union-United Nations review, which noted that Somali national security forces (SNSF) had not improved sufficiently to fill the security vacuums that would be created by an AMISOM drawdown.
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