UN Security Council extends mandate of AU mission in Somalia

The Security Council on Friday adopted resolutions to renew the mandates of peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

Resolution 2520 authorizes African Union member states to maintain, till Feb. 28, 2021, the current level of 19,626 uniformed personnel, including a minimum of 1,040 police personnel, for the African Union Mission in Somalia.

The mission is intended to support security preparations for elections due at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021.

AMISOM will also conduct tasks in line with an updated Somali-led transition plan and the handover of security to Somali security forces.

The Council laid out a range of specific tasks for AMISOM to help Somalia secure and maintain key supply routes, including to areas recovered from Al-Shabaab; conducting jointly planned and targeted offensive operations; and supporting the Federal Government of Somalia and its federal member states in implementing the country’s total ban on exporting charcoal.

The Council further reiterated its intention to assess the security support needed to prepare Somalia to take the lead in security by the end of 2021, and to take decisions on AMISOM’s reconfiguration.

“Such decisions would be based on information shared by the African Union, the Federal Government of Somalia and other partners, the implementation of the goals set out in the Mutual Accountability Framework and the outcomes of an independent assessment report,” the statement by UN security council reads in part.

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