Only 4,000 out of the required 8,000 peacekeeping force in
Somalia have been secured.
Somali peacekeeping plan has not yielded desired fruits. African
Union leaders who met at a two-day summit in Ethiopia this
week failed to secure full numbers for the planned 8,000 peacekeepers
required to restore peace and security in that country. So
far, only 4,000 troops had been secured despite pledges made
by several nations.
The lack of required troops may frustrate Somali's President
Abdullahi Yusuf's plans made public on Tuesday to call a broad
conference in which clans and religious leaders would take
part, so that the EU funding for the African peacekeeping
mission to Somalia should be released.
reports say at the start of the meeting in Addis Adaba, 4,000
troops were committed by Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and Malawi.
The new AU chairman John Kufuor who is also president of Ghana,
said there had been no increase in that number, but he hoped
other countries would come forward. "We appeal to member
states to contribute and we are still expecting them to answer,"
he said, adding that the deployment would "commence as
soon as possible".
from Somalia say there is intense unrest in the capital. Unidentified
gunmen fired mortars on a military base in the north-east
of Mogadishu, where Ethiopian troops are based, and five heavy
explosions were heard in the capital overnight. But no group
has claimed it carried out the attacks, though government
officials have accused members of the Union of Islamic Court's
militia of masterminding the violence.
to an update issued last Friday by the United Nations Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), "an
estimated 1,000 people left Mogadishu in January 2007 due
to fear of conflict and instability".
said negotiations with Kenyan authorities to allow trucks
carrying humanitarian supplies into Somalia are continuing.