The United Nations Security Council has voted to increase by half the number of African Union peacekeepers supporting Somalia’s transitional government against Al-qaeda-inspired rebels.
The council called on the AU mission in Somalia to increase troops from eight thousand to 12 thousand, a move aimed at enhancing its ability to carry out its mandate of stabilising Somalia.
The council also expressed its condemnation in the strongest terms of all acts of violence, abuses and human rights violations committed against civilians, including women and children.
Ruhakana Rugunda from Uganda, a non-permanent Security Council member nation, said his country is ready to provide the 4,000 extra soldiers.
Somalia was plunged into chaos in 1991 following the ouster of former president Mohamed Siad Barre.
The country has been gripped by civil war and without a functioning national government for nearly two decades.