Somalia conflict map
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The African Union peace support operations division (AUPSOD) is satisfied with progress being made to transfer security responsibilities to Somali security forces as part of Somali Transition Plan, the AU mission in Somalia said Tuesday.

An AU assessment mission was in Somalia for a two-day visit to assess the operations of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and evaluate progress made in the implementation of the transition plan.

Business24

Francis Okello, chief of the Plans and Operations Unit in the AUPSOD who led the delegation which also consisted of officials from the the UN Office to the AU, said a lot of focus has been put on the transition plan that specifies a gradual transfer of security responsibility to the Somali security forces and the government ahead of AMISOM’s anticipated exit in 2021.

“This was an opportunity for us to see achievements in implementing the Somali Transition Plan,” Okello said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

“A lot of success has been registered,” he added.

While in Somalia, the delegation monitored progress made by AMISOM to fulfill the tasks mandated to the mission by the AU Peace and Security Council and the United Nations Security Council.

The AUPSOD carries out routine assessment visits to provide updates on the implementation of the AMISOM mandate.

The pan-African troops are expected to relinquish the security of the key towns to Somali forces through a conditions-based transition plan, to allow them take the lead responsibility as part of the planed exit. Enditem

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