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Somalia Needs Secure Funds Before Troops Can Leave, UN Says

Somali security forces will not be able to replace African troops until the international community provides “predictable” funding for their training, according to the United Nations.

“The withdrawal, whether it’s Ethiopian or Amisom, is contingent upon adequate replacement by the Somali forces,” Augustine Mahiga, the UN sectrerary-general’s special representative to the Horn of Africa nation, said in an interview in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “The pace at which Somali forces are being trained is not as fast because there hasn’t been predictable funding.”