Somalia rejects the African Union’s proposal for hybrid forces

Somalia’s government rejected a proposal by the African Union (AU), for a joint mission to lead peacekeeping operations in the country.

According to Xinhua news agency, it stated Tuesday that the Africa Union Peace and Security Council, (AUPSC), did not consider Somalia’s views. This included that of a joint technical group that was created to evaluate the best option for Somalia.

Mogadishu stated that it strongly opposed such arrangements and said the pan-African body should not have stuck to its original plan under Somalia Transition Plan instead of supporting the AU/UN multidimensional stabilization mission for Somalia.

“The Federal Government of Somalia expressed grave concern about the AUPSC’s continued disregard for Somalia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence by repeatedly following an agenda that undermines AUPSC’s agenda and violates basic rights of member states,” the Somali ministry said in a statement released in Mogadishu.

The Somalia Transition Plan ensures that the African Union Mission in Somalia, (AMISOM), equips the Somali Police Force in preparation for taking full responsibility for maintaining law and order in Somalia when AMISOM departs in 2022.

After the AUPSC had approved the deployment of an AU/UN hybrid mission under Chapter VII, the UN Charter, the Somali defense ministry statement was made. This would provide predictable and sustainable multiyear financing through UN-assessed contributions.

AMISOM, which will expire in 2022 with its mandate, is a peace-support operation that has nearly 20,000 troops on the ground. It is primarily comprised of forces from Kenya, Ethiopia and Burundi.