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Mogadishu - May 18th, 2012; The African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) has today handed over thirty-three vehicles to the Somali National Army during a ceremony witnessed by the AU High Representative for Somalia H.E. Jerry John Rawlings.The vehicles which included 16 Magirus Trucks, 4 Hilux Pickups,6 Land Cruiser Pickups, one Water Tanker and 6 Water Trailers have been donated by the Government of the United States of America as part of its ongoing contribution to rebuilding the Somali National Security Sector.

Presenting the vehicles on behalf of the AU Special Representative, Ambassador Boubacar Gaoussou Diarra, the Deputy Special Representative Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi thanked the US Government for the donation which he said will go along way in complimenting the international effort towards the rebuilding of a national army for Somalia. “The donation comes at a time when the Somali National Army with support of AMISOM is making tremendous gains in the drive to defeat Al?Shabaab terrorists. The vehicles will provide the much needed logistical support to them as they continue to liberate new areas as well as improving security for the Somali people in the liberated areas.


The Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Abdulwahab Ugas Hussein Ugas Khalif while receiving the vehicles on behalf of the TFG expressed appreciation to the US Government for the donation. He said “The donation will help reduce the challenge of logistical support especially transportation of troops which the Somali National Army faced for a long time during their battle to pacify the country from Al?Shabaab terrorists. “ The minister reiterated the TFG’s determination to ensuring that Al?Shabaab terrorist group is defeated.

 

H.E. Rawlings emphasised the need for good coordination among members of the international community in their support to the TFG particularly in the training of security forces. He urged the Somali security forces to ensure high standards of discipline, protect human rights especially for the disadvantaged people living in IDP Camps particularly women and children.


“TFG soldiers should fully respect and protect human rights and those that commit human rights violations and abuses should be removed from the military and held to account.” He said.


H.E. Rawlings called on the TFG leadership to resolve disputes emanating from the convening of the elders’ conference and work closely to ensure that end of transition tasks are implemented in accordance with set deadlines.

Posted by Limi Mohammed
Last updated by Lulit Kebede

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