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Kenya says Somali security “at risk” if AMISOM funding slashed
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Kenya says Somali security “at risk” if AMISOM funding slashed

Kenyan government has cautioned against the cutting of funding to African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia saying if the move is implemented the security of Somalia is at “great risk” again. Speaking at UN Security council meeting in the New York, Kenyan foreign minister said the move by the European Union to slash AMISOM funding threatens peace and security in the horn of African region. Ambassador Amina Mohamed Jibril said the international community must continue funding peace mission in Somalia to ensure the stability in the region. “It is important for the international community and regional states to continue supporting peacekeeping mission in Somalia,” she said. European Union which is key supporter of peace and stability in Somalia has announced the slash of 20 percent budget to the African Union Mission (AMISOM) in Somalia on January. Regional countries like Kenya whose troops are part of more than 22000 peacekeeping soldiers in Somalia did not receive the news well. Nairobi sent its troops to southern Somalia on October 2011 to chase Alshabaab away from its borders but later found itself as part of peacekeeping missions in horn of African state.