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Burundi President Ndayishimiye Warns Againts Unco-ordinated Withdrawal of Amisom Troops
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Burundi President Ndayishimiye Warns Againts Unco-ordinated Withdrawal of Amisom Troops

The President of Burundi, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has cautioned that the withdrawal of AMISOM troops from Somalia due to lack of coordination could jeopardize the Force's previous achievements in restoring peace and security in Somalia. President Ndayishimiye who addressed a news conference in Kisumu, the third-largest city in Kenya, where the President of Burundi will be attending the Madaraka Day celebrations on 1, June. He called for consultations on the withdrawal of all AMISOM troops from Somalia, before taking any unilateral decision. "Any proposal to reduce the number of AMISOM troops in Somalia must be weighed against the threat posed by Al Shabaab, so as not to lose parts of the borders previously taken over by AMISOM," he said. He added that countries deploy in Somalia and the African Union should be consulted on any plan for reducing stronger AMISOM. Burundi is the second largest within AMISOM with 5,432 troops. The country was also the second to deploy troops into Somalia, its first soldiers had arrived in Mogadishu in December 2007. AMISOM entered Somalia in 2007, mainly to support Somali’s government in fighting Al Shabaab and other extremist groups. AMISOM contributing countries include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. However, AMISOM troops are scheduled to be withdrawn from Somalia in December 2021, after the UN Security Council extended the mandate of AMISOM on February 28 this year