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    Ethiopia-Somalia- AU Summit

    AU mulls raising salaries of AMISOM soldiers

    APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

    The African Union is considering increasing its support to the AMISOM peacekeeping mission in Somalia, including raising salaries for its ground forces combating the militant sect al-Shabaab.

    Briefing journalists on the margin of the 30th AU ordinary summit in Addis Ababa on Monday, Peace and Security Commissioner, Smail Chergui said support to AMISOM should be at the level those at UN mission on the continent receive.

    This support will also be in the form of equipment required to boost the morale of the troops.

    AMISOM is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the UN.

    The mission is reported to have 22,126 troops contributed from neighboring Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi and Djibouti.

    Reports reveal that the EU pays for all the allowances of AMISOM troops, with each soldier receiving $822 per month.

    UN peacekeepers reportedly receive $1,400 per month individually.

    AMISOM is mandated to support transitional governmental structures, implement a national security plan, train the Somali security forces, and to assist in creating a secure environment for the delivery of relief aid.

    He said there is an overwhelming unanimity among AU member states to support the government and the authorities of Somalia to build institutions, promote the excellent relationship with all regional leadership and prepare for new elections in 2020 that will be of international standard.

    Smail Chergui called for increased support from the international community to help the regional peacekeeping force recover territories still under the control of the Somali militant sect al-Shabaab.

    “We are asking for support from our partners so that we can plan for some years and try to regain territories and degrade al-Shabaab. We have to train and prepare Somalia’s national forces to take over eventually” Chergui added.


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