In a press statement released today, the Federal Government of Somalia expressed its deep gratitude to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and its Troop Contributing Countries for their unwavering commitment to the peace and security of Somalia. The government commended ATMIS for its longstanding efforts in promoting stability in the country and the wider region, acknowledging that their sacrifices will always be remembered.
With the imminent drawdown of ATMIS forces, the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) and the Somali Security Forces have been diligently preparing to assume greater responsibility for security across Somalia. Over the past few months, the Federal Government, in collaboration with its bilateral partners, has successfully generated additional forces that will assume the security responsibilities currently held by 2,000 ATMIS personnel. This transition of responsibilities is in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions 2628 and 2670.
The Federal Government of Somalia reiterated its firm commitment to the implementation of these resolutions and has established a joint technical team, comprising representatives from ATMIS, the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), and the Somali government, to oversee the smooth implementation of the drawdown process. This team will work collaboratively to ensure a seamless handover of security responsibilities from ATMIS to the Somali forces by the end of June 2023.
The Somali government’s efforts to assume greater security ownership are an important step towards the country’s continued progress and self-reliance. The drawdown of ATMIS forces reflects the significant achievements made in recent years in terms of stabilization and peacebuilding in Somalia.
As the Federal Government of Somalia takes on an enhanced role in maintaining security, it remains steadfast in its commitment to working with international partners, regional organizations, and the Somali people to consolidate peace and foster development across the nation. The government recognizes the challenges that lie ahead but remains resolute in its determination to build a secure and prosperous future for all Somalis.
The ATMIS drawdown marks a turning point in Somalia’s security landscape, signaling the country’s readiness to shoulder greater responsibility for its own stability. The Federal Government of Somalia looks forward to this new chapter, confident in the capacity of its armed forces and security institutions to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens.
Source: Somali National News Agency