Friday, January 19, 2007

African Union backs Somalia plan

The African Union has approved a plan to send nine battalions of African peacekeeping troops to Somalia to help stabilise the country.

A senior AU official said the troops would be deployed for six months, and eventually be taken over by the UN.

They are to take over from Ethiopian forces, who were sent to Somalia last month to drive out Islamist militias.

Full story BBC 20 Jan 2007.


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