Military Coordination Committee and Police Support Group consider AMISOM’s progress

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The 16th Annual meeting between the joint Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) and the African Union’s Police Strategic Support Group (PSSG) for AU peace support operations convened in Addis Ababa last week. The meeting, which was chaired by the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, considered the report of the Ad-hoc Committee of Experts which had undertaken an assessment on enhancement of AMISOM operations on August 10 to18.
Key recommendations of the committee included the need for a stronger AMISOM chain of command, increased mobility and greater force protection as well as an increased UN support package compatible with AMISOM operational requirements. Participants noted the tremendous progress made by AMISOM in degrading Al-Shabaab capabilities. They appreciated the role played by Troop and Police Contributing Countries in support of the Federal Government of Somalia towards the achievement of the political process in Somalia, as well as the support provided to AMISOM by the UN through UNSOA. They also noted the progress made in the provision of Air Assets for AMISOM and reiterated the urgency of obtaining additional force multipliers and enablers to enhance AMISOM efficiency.
They stressed the need for implementation of the next phase of offensive operations to neutralize Al Shabaab and also called for the full participation of the Somali National Army and the Somali Police Force in the renewed efforts. The meeting also provided an opportunity to consider progress in development of the revised AMISOM Concept of Operations.
Those attending included Chiefs of Defense Staff and Chiefs of Police of Troop and Police Contributing Countries (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Sierra Leone) as well as representatives of the Federal Government of Somalia, and partner countries and institutions including the European Union, IGAD, the UN, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Minister of foreign affairs