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On Ghana’s Independence Day, AMISOM salutes efforts towards peace in Somalia 

On Ghana’s Independence Day, AMISOM salutes efforts towards peace in Somalia 

During commemorations of Ghana’s Independence Day on Sunday in Mogadishu, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) saluted the gallant role that the country has played in efforts to restore peace and stability in Somalia. The Sunday ceremony to mark Ghana’s 65th independence anniversary was attended by Ghanaians working with the African Union in Somalia and the United Nations agencies in Somalia, as well as various other nationalities. Ghana attained independence from Britain on 6 March 1957. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, said Ghana’s long-standing contribution to African and global peace efforts is well documented. He noted that Ghana’s independence day – as the first African country to gain independence from Britain – is a reminder of the call for African unity championed by the pan-Africanist and African independence hero, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, based on the struggles and injustices of Ghana’s colonization. Ambassador Madeira added that to realise an Africa at peace with itself as advocated for by Dr Nkrumah, the African Union launched AMISOM in 2007 to support efforts to defeat terrorism in Somalia. Ghana has about 200 police personnel, and several military staff officers and civilian staff serving under AMISOM. “I salute all the Ghanaians, and I salute your hard work and dedication to the work of the African Union, to the cause of AMISOM and your contribution to the peace process in Somalia. Your efforts and sacrifices will never and have never been in vain. Somalia is progressing, and Somalia is achieving its goal,” said Ambassador Madeira. Present at the celebrations were dignitaries that included senior officials from both AMISOM and the United Nations. The Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Anita Kiki Gbeho, who is from Ghana, noted that Dr. Nkrumah continues to inspire many through his vision for a liberated and united Africa. “Ghana continues to play a role in the pursuit of world peace and security. We are a committed and significant contributor of peacekeepers to the UN and the African Union peace support operations,” said Ms Gbeho. The AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya, paid tribute to Ghana for supporting peace initiatives in Africa by deploying personnel to missions in Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Ghana has a high profile peacekeeping role, and has enormously contributed to African stability by sending troops to assist in various peacekeeping missions,” noted Lt Gen Ndegeya. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, who attended the ceremony, also recognised Ghana’s contribution to global peacekeeping initiatives. “I want to express deep respect for Ghana’s continued leadership role here on the continent. Ghana is represented on the African Union Peace and Security Council, and Ghana is an African member on the United Nations Security Council,” noted Mr. Swan.

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