AU calls for cautious implementation of Somalia’s transition plan
May 18, 2018
The AU top envoy for Somalia has called for a cautious implementation of the recently endorsed transition plan to help protect gains made in stabilising the country.
Francisco Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, also voiced support for the transition plan, which represents a significant change in the planning and delivery of security in the Horn of Africa nation.
“All our commanders have said yes to the transition.
“All of them without exception; the sector commanders, who bear the brunt of this war in spite all the challenges said yes to the transition,’’ he said in a statement released on Thursday evening.
The AU envoy, presided at a medal awards ceremony for 21 staff officers, who will be rotating out of the Mission after completing their tour of duty.
The envoy noted that the transition was a necessity, driven by a number of factors, but should be implemented cautiously, so as not to erode the gains made in Somalia over the last decade.
“We need to transit, because Somalis want the transition, because the partners feel that we should transit and we are going to transit, but, frankly, and in all honesty, we would not want to see the things that we won with so much sacrifice to go down the drain,” said Madeira.
Madeira noted that the transition plan must involve the people of Somalia.
“We need to straighten up this place, but we cannot do it without the Somalis.
“We have to hand over to people, who are prepared to receive it, and hold it, and keep it, and even improve it further, and that is the challenge,” said Madeira.
The African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) has developed conditions based transition plan, to transfer the national security responsibility from the AU troops to the Somali security forces, guided by the rule of law and respect for human rights.
In 2017, the UN Security Council authorised a gradual troop reduction amid transition of security responsibility to Somali National Security Forces.