KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Ugandan military on Tuesday welcomed the UN
Security Council’s extension of the mandate of the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), noting that the move will help it
achieve some strategic objectives.
Karemire, military spokesperson, told Xinhua in an interview
that the Resolution 2431 will enable the military achieve its
key strategies for provision of security for the political
process, help to defeat al-Shabab militants and building the
capacity of the Somali military to take over the security
responsibilities of the country.
The 15 members of
the Security Council on Monday unanimously approval the
extension of AMISOM mandate until May 31, 2019, deciding to
reduce the level of uniformed personnel to 20,626 by end of
February 2019 and to include a minimum of 1,040 police
“UN resolutions are
binding to member states. Therefore, as Uganda Peoples Defense
Force under AMISOM, we shall continue to operate within the
resolution’s parameters to pursue our key strategic objectives
in support of the people of Somali,” said Karemire.
emphasizes that the long-term objective is that Somali security
institutions and forces assume full responsibility for Somalia’s
security, and recognizes that AMISOM remains critical to
security during this transition.
Uganda provides the
bulk of the African Union peacekeepers in Somalia. The other
troops are from Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
The troops have been
in the horn of African country since 2007.