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The African Union (AU) Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has taken over from the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on April 1, in line with a Peace and Security Council (PSC) decision.

The new mission is mandated, according to an AU statement, to support the Somali government in implementing the Somali Transition Plan (STP) and transferring security responsibilities to Somali security forces and institutions.

“AMISOM achieved significant gains over 15 years in support of the emergence of a capable Somali National Army, a professional Somali Police Force and federal institutions,” AU Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is reported as saying.

“This new adapted mission mandate reflects the evolving situation in the country and the AU’s continued commitment to support Somalia in pursuit of lasting peace, security and stability.”

Since its inception in 2007, AMISOM’s objective was to help restore security and stability, promote dialogue, reconciliation and inclusivity as well as consolidate progress to achieving a secure, united, peaceful, democratic and developed Somalia the statement said.

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Bankole Adeoye, indicated that, “building on the experiences and lessons of AMISOM, ATMIS is designed to be more agile, more mobile, more flexible and configured to quick reaction forces and corresponding force enablers, as well as multipliers to better respond to emerging and evolving security threats”.

“Through ATMIS, the AU will realign mission components and deployments across Somalia to better prepare the Somali Security Forces to take over security responsibilities of the country by 31 December 2024, as guided by the Somalia Transition Plan. This will be done by prioritising force generation, mobilisation and integration as well as enhanced operational competence and logistic support of ATMIS and Somali Security Forces”.