PSC: Morocco affirms its support for the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia

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Morocco affirmed, Tuesday in Addis Ababa, before the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union its support for the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), while reiterating the primacy of United Nations Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security.

This happened during the PSC meeting devoted to the financing of ATMIS in accordance with the decision of the 1068th meeting of the PSC and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2628, which mandates ATMIS to deal with the threat posed by the terrorist group Al Shabab.

The Permanent Representative of Morocco to the African Union and the ECA, Mohamed Arrouchi, who was speaking at the PSC meeting, expressed the Kingdom’s support for this Mission to assist the Federal Government of Somalia in the implementation of the Somali Transition Plan and gradually transfer the security responsibilities of ATMIS. to the Somali National Security Forces by December 2024, with a view to enabling Somalia to assume full responsibility for its own security.

The diplomat leading the Moroccan delegation to this meeting, commended AMISOM for its contribution to reducing the threat posed by Al-Shabaab terrorists over the past 15 years, and supports the reconfigured ATMIS mission to implement the vision stipulated in the Somali transition plan.

Reiterating the primary responsibility of the UN Security Council in preserving international peace and security, the Moroccan delegation stressed that sustainable and predictable funding for ATMIS and adequate financial and logistical support are essential to improve Somalia’s ability to meet growing security challenges and combat terrorist threats.

The Moroccan diplomat stressed the need for international cooperation and support through contributions from partners and other donors, as well as in-kind contributions that can be provided by Member States and mandatory contributions from the UN, to ensure predictable and sustainable funding for ATMIS. .

He also noted the importance of providing international and bilateral funding to Somalia for the training, equipping and capacity building of the Somali security forces, as the success of ATMIS is attributable to the success of the security forces and institutions. Somali security forces, which is likely to allow a gradual and effective transfer of ATMMIS responsibilities to Somali security forces and institutions.

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