AMISOM Commander visits Ethiopian Forces on Assessment Mission

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian and Djiboutian forces in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) told to adhere to set timelines in executing tasks under the Concept of Operations (CONOPs).

The CONOPs outline the activities AMISOM has to implement under the Somali Transition Plan up to 2021, when AMISOM is expected to exit and hand over security responsibility of the country to Somali Security Forces.

On Sunday, the Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Plans at Amisom, Maj. Gen. Nakibus went on an assessment visit to Beletweyne, where headquarters of the Amisom Sector 4 is located, and met the military commanders there.

The headquarters is controlled by Djibouti troops and backed by Ethiopian forces.

“We have had a lengthy discussion to look at what needs to be done, and what needs to be provided, in order to enable the forces to accomplish the assigned tasks,” Gen. Lakara said in a statement Amisom released late Monday.

At the meeting, Gen. Lakara reminded the military commanders, led by the Sector 4 Commander, Col. Mohamed Ibrahim Moussa; his deputy, Col. Teklebirhan Hailu (Ethiopia) and the Djibouti Contingent Commander, Col. Abdirahman Rayale Hared of the need to adhere to the timelines in accomplishing tasks assigned to them.

The Deputy Force Commander noted that while the Somali National Army (SNA) is building up its forces, AMISOM should forge ahead with discharging its mandate.

“The SNA needs to be supported first of all to generate forces and this has been the focus, in line with the Transition Plan, that AMISOM must handover to a capable force, able to defend the country when AMISOM exists,” Gen. Lakara noted.

Gen. Lakara who was also briefed on measures being undertaken to counter the threat of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which terrorists have been using and he appreciated the United Nations for the critical support in countering the threat of the devices.