Somalia applauds AU decision

2010-07-28 12:52
Mogadishu - Somalia's embattled government on Wednesday hailed the African Union's decision to beef up its force in Mogadishu as a key step towards boosting security in Somalia and the entire region.

"We applaud the fresh troop contributions made by AU states," Abdulkadir Mohamoud Walayo, spokesperson for the transitional federal government, said.

"We believe this decision will help improve the security situation in Somalia and also contain the threat al-Qaeda elements are posing to the region in general," he told AFP.

AU commission chairman Jean Ping, the continental body's top executive, said on Tuesday at the close of a three-day heads of state summit in Kampala that pledges for 4 000 extra troops had been received.

The AU mission in Somalia (Amisom), which currently counts 6 000 soldiers from Uganda and Burundi, has been the only thing preventing al-Qaeda-inspired Shebaab insurgents from punching their way to the presidential palace and completing their power grab.

"Their decision is a lifeline for the transitional government and is good not only for security in Somalia but for security in neighbouring countries," Walayo insisted.

The AU summit was dominated by the crisis in Somalia, which took a regional dimension when suicide attacks claimed by the Shebaab ripped through crowds watching the World Cup final in the Ugandan capital on July 11 killing 76.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  au  |  somalia  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.