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Woman lapidated by al Shabaab

Somalia Islamist group al-Shabaab announced it has lapidated to death a woman accused of poliandria.

The al-Qaeda-linked group radio, Andalus, reports that the execution by lapidation took place on Wednesday (9/05/2018)  after an ad hoc al-Shabab court convicted the woman in Sablale town in Lower Shabelle region.

The report says masked men lapidated to death 30-year-old Shukri Abdullahi Warsame in the middle of a  public square according to the procedure of Sharia law.

The self-proclaimed Sharia judge said the woman had confessed to having secretly married 11 men without seeking a divorce.

Al-Shabab has been fighting for years to impose a strict version of Islam in the Horn of Africa nation.

Red Cross nurse abducted in Mogadishu

The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed the abduction of a nurse in Mogadishu (pictured), at present police, and intelligence agents are working on the case. At present  no further information has been released on the circumstances of the incident, police added the nurse is a German citizen.

 

 

 

 

EU supports Somalia Transition Plan

The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini met with Somalia‘s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in Brussels.

The diplomats discussed the situation in Somalia, and the current political, economic and security reforms undertaken by the Government. They stressed the European Union‘s critical role as the main partner in support of the country’s transition. They noted that, while high challenges remained, some encouraging progress had been made and should be maintained.

Mogherini highlighted the link between the implementation of Somalia‘s transition plan for security, the implementation of economic reforms and the political roadmap towards elections in 2020. She welcomed the commitment of the government of Somalia to progressively assume the lead role in providing security for its people and to implement reforms in line with the National Security Architecture agreed in April 2017. In this context Mogherini expressed the EU’s full support and commitment to the Transition Plan as the central piece of security reform in Somalia.

The EU diplomat confirmed the readiness to continue supporting the country, through an integrated approach using all available policies and instruments, including Common Security and Defence Policy missions and development cooperation funds.  She also looked forward to the upcoming Somalia partnership platform.

This meeting came ahead of the Somalia Security High Level Meeting which takes place this morning and gathers ministers and senior officials from Federal Government of Somalia, Federal Member States of Somalia, the EU, United Nations, the African Union, AMISOM and its Troop Contributing Countries as well as other international partners, in support of the Somali Transition Plan.

 

EU Defence ministers examine training in Africa

The EU Council reviews the training missions deployed in Central African RepublicMali and Somalia. It is be the opportunity to review the functioning of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC). Established in June 2017, the MPCC oversees EU training missions

Foreign ministers to review EU training missions in Africa

The EU Foreign Affairs Council on defence, 06/03/2018 will review the bloc training missions deployed in Central African RepublicMali and Somalia. It will be the opportunity to take a stock of the functioning of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC). Established in June 2017, the MPCC oversees EU training missions.

On 8 June 2017, the Council adopted the decision establishing of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC) within the EU military staff (EUMS). The terms of reference of the EUMS, which is part of the European External Action Service, have been amended and approved.

The MPCC will assume command of EU non-executive military missions, currently: EU Training Mission (EUTM) Somalia, EUTM République Centrale Africaine (RCA) and EUTM Mali. The MPCC will be the static, out-of-area command and control structure at the military strategic level, responsible for the operational planning and conduct of non-executive missions, including the building up, launching, sustaining and recovery of European Union forces. This will allow the mission staff in the field to concentrate on the specific activities of their mission, with better support provided from Brussels.

The MPCC improves the crisis management structures of the EU. It will work under the political control and strategic guidance of the Political and Security Committee (PSC), which is composed of EU member states’ ambassadors and is based in Brussels.

Gen.Stickland new Commander of Atalanta

The EU’s Political and Security Committee has appointed Major General Charlie Stickland, a high-ranking military official in the Royal Marines, as new Operation Commander of the Operation Atalanta. He will take up his duties on 7 November 2017.

The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation Atalanta contributes to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. The operation is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach for a peaceful, stable and democratic Somalia.

 

The operation also protects vessels of the World Food Programme and other vulnerable shipping, monitors fishing activities off the coast of Somalia and supports other EU missions and programmes in the region.

After the car bomb attack of 14 October 2017 in Mogadishu, Operation Atalanta, the EU Delegation in Somalia and the EU Training Mission in Somalia, provided support in particular to the United Nations to assist the victims.

The EU’s Political and Security Committee is composed of member states’ ambassadors based in Brussels.

Somalia at “critical political juncture”

“The attacks in Somalia’s capital mark one of the worst the city has suffered in over a decade, leading to a large number of casualties and injuries to innocent civilians” – says the text of the statement by the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini on the attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish a full recovery to those injured in the attacks.”

“At this critical political juncture in the history of Somalia, the European Union reaffirms its long term commitment to the country and its people. It will be crucial that the government remains united to defeat terrorism and strengthen security. The achievements of past years, which the international community has supported, must continue.”

“The Federal Government of Somalia and its Federal Member States must enhance their joint efforts to fight terrorism and to build peace, stability, prosperity and inclusivity in the country.”

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