Dispute Over Deploying AMISOM Troops To Puntland State

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17 August – Source: Goobjoog News – 173 Words

Puntland state’s Parliamentary Standing Committee has today rejected the deployment of AMISOM soldiers to Puntland soil.The parliament’s decision comes after Puntland President Abdiwali Mohamed Ali (Gaas) accepted a request from UN to deploy limited AMISOM troops to the region that will be responsible for the security of UN agencies in puntland.In an interview with Reuters, Puntland State President, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (Gaas), asked for more help from the Federal Government and AMISOM forces but said they do not need AMISOM forces.“We do not need AMISOM forces because Puntland forces have the ability to fight Al-Shabaab, but we need to be assisted with military equipment, telecommunication, military vehicles, weapons and ammunitions” he said. However Goobjoog learns that Puntland president faces pressure from the UN and some western countries to accept the deployment of limited AMISOM troops to the region. Puntland state had previously resisted to accept any deployment of African Peacekeeping  forces to its land saying the state is capable to deal with all the security threats from Al-Shabab.

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