EU extends Somalia military mission by one year

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The European Union extended by a year its military mission to train Somali’s security forces and said it was considering other measures to help develop the country’s maritime capacity.

The mission, to be led by Colonel Michael Beary, will provide two six-month training periods, mainly in Uganda, the EU Council said in a statement. The council represents the 27 EU member states.

The EU launched the common security and defence policy military mission (CSDP) in February last year. Somalia has had no effective central government for two decades, Reuters reports.

The United Nations has declared a famine in two regions in Somalia.