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Kenya Expects AU to Ask UN to Approve More Troops for Somalia

November 20, 2011

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Kenya expects the African Union to ask the United Nations Security Council to allow the African Mission in Somalia to increase the number of troops supporting the military operation against the al-Shabaab militia group.

“Kenya expects the African Union to petition the United Nations Security Council to expand the African Mission in Somalia to enable them to take over areas liberated from al- Shabaab militias,” Lindsay Kiptiness, a spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs, told reporters in Nairobi today.

The African Union Mission in Somalia, or Amison, is a peacekeeping force operated by the AU in Somalia with a mandate from the UN. A meeting of Intergovernmental Authority on Development is expected to be held at the end of this month to discuss the request for more troops, Kiptiness said.

Kenya military is asking the international community to provide food aid for the region.

“The areas in southern Somalia liberated from al-Shabaab militias require relief food to enable people to settle and stem the flow of refugees out of Somalia,” Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguda said today.

--Editors: Dylan Griffiths, Raj Rajendran.

To contact the reporter on this story: Johnstone Ole Turana in Nairobi at jturana@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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