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UN chief encourages support for African Union mission in Somalia

07-28-2010 09:11 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon has encouraged countries to help strengthen the forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in order to keep peace and boost stability in the Horn of Africa country, a UN spokesman said here on Tuesday.

Martin Nesirky, the UN spokesman, made the statement following a Tuesday decision by the African Union to increase the troop strength of AMISOM.

"The secretary-general has consistently said that stability in Somalia is crucial," Nesirky said. "He has encouraged countries that have sent troops to Somalia and those that propose to deploy them."

African heads of state and government attending the just- concluded African Union summit in Kampala, Uganda decided to deploy 4,000 more troops to war-torn Somalia for the peacekeeping mission, bringing the total number of troops to more than 10,000.

The decision came after three days of intense discussions on the troops increment and change of mandate of AMISOM forces in Somalia.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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