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Somali government rejects the AU Independent Assessment Team’s Recommendations

Mogadishu (SD) – The Somali Federal Government has expressed outrage over a report by an African Union mission which discusses the future of AMISOM in Somalia, suggesting an extension of the AU mission beyond 2021.

The commission said it had begun the assessment in response to UN Security Council resolutions 2520 and 2568 (2021).

The commission said Somalia was in a state of political turmoil during the four years of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s presidency.

Political turmoil and lack of Election agreement have recently put Somalia on the brink of insecurity and a return to civil war, the report says.

The AU Commission also said in its report that Somali forces were not ready to take over security from AMISOM, and that the SFG had failed to implement security agreements and build a viable national army.

Further recommendations include the transfer of the AMISOM mission to the African Union and the United Nations by 2021. Or deploy an East African contingent to Somalia.

It also added that if AMISOM does withdraw from Somalia, it could hand security responsibility over to the Somali National Army.

Although the African Union did not officially release the report, the Somali government has said it rejects the content of the report.

“In response to AU Independent Assessment Team’s Report, the Somali Government held an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss the report and has rejected from the outset the report’s finding and recommendations and will issue a formal statement.” Said the Spokesperson of the Federal Government of Somalia Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu.

The statement comes at a time when Somalia is currently preoccupied with electoral issues that have been dragging on for some time.

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