Somalia and international partners have formed a Transition Core Group to drive transfer of security responsibility to Somali security forces ahead of the exit by African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) forces.

The group, formed by the Somali government in conjunction with AMISOM, the UN, the EU and other international partners, is tasked with the responsibility of developing a transition plan for the Horn of African nation.

“It is about organized, gradual, systematic transfer of responsibility to Federal Governmental of Somalia by AMISOM,” Simon Mulongo, AMISOM Deputy Head of Mission, said in a statement issued on Thursday night.

AMISOM said the group’s terms of reference include assisting with transition and delivering a draft transition plan by March.

Mulongo emphasized the need for effective and sustainable support as a key prerequisite to a successful transition plan.

“To overcome the current strategic operational gaps by AMISOM forces, it is by necessity that the said strategic resources are provided by the international community, to speed up the transition process,” said Mulongo. Enditem

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