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AU pledges more troops for Somalia

07-28-2010 13:34 BJT

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African leaders have pledged thousands of new troops for Somalia. The aim is to fight al-Qaida-linked militants responsible for the twin World Cup bombings that killed 76 people.

Dr. Jean Ping, Chairman of African Union Commission, said, "We have a commitment to deliver quickly, the additional 4,000 troops there which will help us to reach the ceiling and maybe to go above that ceiling. From Guinea, 1 battalion: from IGAD 2,000 troops; from Djibouti immediately. But there is a second request to move the ceiling up to 8,000 and to go maybe to 15,000."

The chairman says the AU is considering a plan to give the force a stronger mandate. It's requested helicopters from Western donors to allow the AU troops to take offensive action against the insurgents.

He says the US, Britain and France are considering the proposal. But problems may arise. Internal documents are said to show AU forces and Somali troops don't trust each other.

Somalia's transitional government welcomes the commitment of more troops, but stresses the need to build up the government's security forces.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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