The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to send additional peacekeeping troops to Somalia during their annual meeting at its headquarters in New York on Friday.
Security Council resolution 2010 raised the number of troops for the African Union Mission in Somalia from about 9,300 to 12,000. It also extended its mandate in Somalia until next year. The council has also called on Somalia's transitional government to carry out a roadmap leading to elections within a year.
The new troops will likely come from Burundi, Djibouti, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
Somalia's Ambassador to the United Nations, Elmi Ahmed Duale, said peacekeepers were urgently needed across his country.
Elmi Ahmed Duale said, “Mr. President, as most of the members of the Security Council are aware of, the Somali security forces are overextended at present and they are contained only in Mogadishu and that it is of utmost urgency to enlarge and improve the capabilities of the Somali armed forces and police. Furthermore, as also stated by His Excellency, the Secretary-General, in order to consolidate and build on the recent security gains, it is essential to also enlarge the AMISOM forces. There has been positive reference to this in this resolution."
In addition to security issues, Somalia is currently in the throes of a devastating drought and famine.
Elmi Ahmed Duale