COMMUNIQUÉ:Meeting of theHeads of State andGovernment of theTroop ContributingCountries ofAMISOMMEETING OF THE HEADSOF STATE ANDGOVERNMENT OF THETROOP CONTRIBUTINGCOUNTRIES OF THEAFRICAN UNION MISSIONIN SOMALIA (AMISOM),ETHIOPIA AND SOMALIA:KAMPALA, UGANDA; 4THAUGUST 2013COMMUNIQUÉDownload theCommunique’ as PDF fileA meeting of the Heads ofState and Government ofthe Troop ContributingCountries (TCCs) to theAfrican Union Mission inSomalia (AMISOM),Ethiopia and Somalia tookplace in Kampala, Ugandaon Sunday, 4th August2013 under the theme“ Towards a harmonizedApproach by theStakeholders in Buildinga Peaceful Somalia ”. TheSummit, chaired by HisExcellency, Yoweri KagutaMuseveni, President of theRepublic of Uganda, waspreceded by the meeting ofthe Ministers of ForeignAffairs and Ministers ofDefence on 3rd August2013.The Summit was attendedby His ExcellencyHailemariam Desalegn,Prime Minister of theFederal DemocraticRepublic of Ethiopia; HisExcellency UhuruKenyatta, President of theRepublic of Kenya; HisExcellency Hassan SheikhMohamud, President of theFederal Republic ofSomalia. His ExcellencyHassan Darar Houfaneh,Minister of Defencerepresented theGovernment of theRepublic of Djibouti andHis Excellency GabrielNizigama, Minister ofPublic Security representedthe Republic of Burundi.His Excellency, AndrewGbebay Bangali PermanentRepresentative of theRepublic of Sierra Leone tothe African Union,represented theGovernment of SierraLeone while AmbassadorMahamat Saleh Annadif,Special Representative ofthe Chairperson of theCommission (SRCC) andHead of Mission, AMISOMrepresented the AfricaUnion (AU).Following the report on theprevailing situation inSomalia by AmbassadorMahamat Saleh Annadif,Special Representative ofthe Chairperson of theCommission (SRCC) andHead of Mission, AMISOMas well as statements madeby Burundi, Djibouti,Ethiopia, Kenya, SierraLeone, Somalia andUganda, the Summit:-1. Reaffirmed itscommitment, under theauspices of the AfricanUnion (AU) and theIntergovernmentalAuthority on Development(IGAD), to the unity,territorial integrity andsovereignty of Somalia aswell as its commitment tocontinue to assist theFederal Government ofSomalia (FGS) in itsstabilization efforts;2. Commended theachievements made byAMISOM, Ethiopia and theSomalia National SecurityForces in restoringsecurity in Somalia and inparticular in degrading theability of Al Shabaab tocarry out atrocities againstthe people of Somalia;3. Recalled the pivotal roleplayed by IGAD and AU inthe deployment of AMISOMand welcomed thedeployment of additionaltroops from Djibouti,Kenya and Sierra Leoneand encouraged otherAfrican countries tocontribute to thestabilization effort inSomalia;4. Further recalled theCommuniqué of the 22ndExtra Ordinary Session ofthe IGAD Assembly ofHeads of State andGovernment on theSituation on Somalia heldin Addis Ababa on 3rdMay, 2013 whichrecognizes the leadershiprole of the FGS in thereconciliation process aswell as in theestablishment of localadministrations in theregions;5. Expressed graveconcern about thedeteriorating securitysituation in some parts ofSomalia, and also,condemned the recent AlShabaab terrorist activitiesthat have resulted in theloss of innocent civilianlives and destruction ofproperty. In this regard,the Summit requestedAMISOM to support theFGS in the realization ofthe FGS’ presence ofgovernment institutions,extend its authority andestablish itself;6. Recalled the concernscontained in paragraph 7of the communiqué (PSC/PR/COMM(CCCLXXIX) of themeeting of AU Peace andSecurity Council adoptedon 13 June, 2013 thatAMISOM forces havereached their operationallimits and are unable toconduct a expansionoperations as envisaged inthe AU-UN StrategicConcept for futureoperations in Somalia andsupported the call to theUnited Nations (UN)Security Council to providethe necessary support toAMISOM and the SomaliaNational Security Forces toenable them reorganize,restructure, increase theirforces and mobilizelogistical support in orderto undertake furtherstabilization operationsand also consolidate theircontrol over the recoveredterritories and to facilitatethe FGS extend stateauthority across thecountry;7. Noted that, given theevolution of the situationin Somalia, the AUStrategic Concept forfuture AMISOM operationsin Somalia adopted by theAU Peace and SecurityCouncil and the UNSecurity Council inJanuary 2012 is not intandem with the currentsituation and has beenover taken by other eventsand therefore requestedthe AU, in consultationwith the TCCs to AMISOM,Ethiopia, Somalia as wellas IGAD and the UN, in thecontext of the planned AU-UN Joint Review, to revisethe Strategic Concept inorder to align it with theprevailing circumstancesin the Mission Area;8. Expressed concernabout ongoing discussionsaimed at partial re-hattingof AMISOM, which isconsidered premature andmay cause a dysfunctionalcommand and control,unequal and inequitabledistribution of resourcesand negative consequenceson the operationaleffectiveness of theMission;9. Welcomed the effortsdeployed by the FGSincluding in establishinggovernance structures inthe recovered areas andnoted the challenges beingencountered in someregions;10. Welcomed andencouraged the ongoingtalks between the FGS andJubba Region stakeholders;11. Expressed concernswith the emergence ofprivate security companiesnoting that their activitiesnegatively impact onefforts aimed at rebuildingthe Somalia NationalSecurity Forces;12. Welcomed also thecommitment of the FGS tohold elections by 2016 andexpressed its support tofacilitate the creation ofconducive environment forthe conduct of credibleelections and called on theAU, IGAD, UN, EuropeanUnion (EU), and allSomalia’s friends andpartners to support theFGS in this regard;13. Expressed itsappreciation to the AfricanUnion (AU), theIntergovernmentalAuthority on Development(IGAD), the UN SecurityCouncil, the EuropeanUnion (EU) and bilateralpartners for theircontinued support to thestabilization of Somalia;14. Expressed concernsabout the intermittentfunding pattern ofAMISOM and the SomaliaNational Security Forces.Consequently, the Summit:15. Decided , in accordancewith the ProvisionalFederal Constitution ofSomalia, that the control ofthe Kismayo seaport andairport should be handedover to the FederalGovernment of Somalia(FGS);16. Stressed that in linewith UN Security Councilresolutions, the ban on theexportation of charcoalshould be adhered to;17. Decided that allmilitias should beintegrated into the SomaliaNational Security Forcesexcept those associatedwith Al Shabaab whichshould be isolated;18. Emphasized theimperative of continuedAfrican leadership and theneed for AMISOM tosustain and strengthen itsefforts to stabilize Somaliaand reduce the threat of AlShabaab;19. Decided that the FGS,AMISOM and otherstakeholders shouldcooperate to protectAMISOM troops;20. Decided that the FGS isto take lead in the processof producing local leadersfrom the regions which theFGS will then appoint butin doing so, there is theneed to ensure balancedparticipation;21. Decided that all partiesshould support theestablishment of SomaliaNational Security Forcesby training educatedSomalis to form the officercorps and the training ofNCOs should be carried outin Somalia;22. Decided that all unfair,unfair accusations,deliberate distortion offacts and bad mouthing ofAMISOM TCCs must stopforthwith;23. Welcomed the AddisAbaba discussions betweenthe FGS and the JubbaRegions and called for thediscussions to be fasttracked and madeinclusive;24. Encouraged the UN toprocure food and otheressential material forAMISOM locally wherepracticable;25. Underlined the fightagainst Al Shabaab as themajor focus of the FGS, theTCCs as well as regionaland international partners;26. Resolved to maintaintheir commitment to thestabilization effort inSomalia and in this regarddecided to conveneperiodically to review thesituation in Somalia;27. Decided to support theFGS efforts to undertakepolitical dialogue withvarious stakeholders andencouraged the conveningof the reconciliationconference agreed upon atthe 22nd Extra OrdinarySession of the IGADAssembly of Heads of Stateand Government on theSituation on Somalia heldin Addis Ababa on 3rdMay, 2013;28. Requested IGAD tocontinue to play itssupportive role, in linewith the five principlesagreed upon as the basisof stabilization efforts inSomalia as contained inthe communiqué of the22nd Extra OrdinarySession of the IGADAssembly of Heads of Stateand Government on theSituation in Somalia heldin Addis Ababa on 3rdMay, 2013. In this regard,the Summit appealed tothe FGS and otherstakeholders to workclosely in the amicableresolution of anydifferences;29. Requested the FGS tohasten the process ofputting in placegovernance structures inrecovered areas, ifAMISOM in its currentformulation, is to makefurther gains in the fightagainst Al Shabaab. TheSummit further called onother stakeholders tosupport the FGS in thisregard;30. Encouraged the FGS toundertake the necessarypolitical process toestablish effectivegovernance structuresacross Somalia;31. Decided to support theFGS in establishing itsauthority in the JubbaRegions especially itscontrol of state ownedfederal infrastructureincluding the seaport andairport;32. Requested the FGS toprioritize the reintegrationof various militias with aview to establish acohesive Somalia NationalSecurity Force;33. Agreed that AMISOMand the Chiefs of DefenceForces of Ethiopia andSomalia, within theframework of the AMISOMMilitary OperationsCoordination Committee(MOCC), in line with theoperational decisionreached in 2012, tourgently work out themodalities andoperationalization of anAMISOM multinationalforce to be deployed inKismayo;34. Directed Chiefs ofDefence Forces to meet ona quarterly basis to reviewthe security situation inSomalia and report to theCommittee of Ministers ofDefence accordingly forappropriate action;35. Requested IGAD to meeton quarterly basis in orderto track progress indevelopments in Somaliawith particular referenceto rebuilding the SomaliaNational Security Forcesand political outreach andreconciliation;36. Requested the AU, inconsultations with theTCCs, Ethiopia andSomalia, to undertake in-depth review of recent UNSecurity Councilresolutions, notablyresolution 2093 (2013) and2033 (2013) with a view tounpacking theirimplications particularlywith regards to thecontemplated partial re-hatting of AMISOM, itsmandate as well as itsoperational effectiveness;37. Requested the AUCommission to intensifyand expand its efforts inmobilizing the requiredsupport, includingpredictable funding, for anenhanced AMISOM withincreased uniformedpersonnel strength and theSomalia National SecurityForces;38. Requested the AUCommission and the TCCsto fast track the ongoingtroop rotation, includingthe Force Commandelements;39. Requested the SpecialRepresentative of theChairperson of theCommission (SRCC) andHead of Mission – AMISOMto transmit thisCommuniqué to the AUCommission for theattention of the AU Peaceand Security Council.……………………………………………………………………………………………..H.E. GABRIEL NIZIGAMAMINISTER OF PUBLICSECURITY OF THEREPUBLIC OF BURUNDI……………………………………………………………………………………………..H.E. HASSAN DARARHOUFANEHMINISTER OF DEFENCE OFTHE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI………………………………………………………………………………………………………..H. E. MR. HAILEMARIAMDESALEGNPRIME MINISTER, FEDERALDEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OFETHIOPIA

Meeting of the
Heads of State and
Government of the
Troop Contributing
Countries of
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A meeting of the Heads of
State and Government of
the Troop Contributing
Countries (TCCs) to the
African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM),
Ethiopia and Somalia took
place in Kampala, Uganda
on Sunday, 4th August
2013 under the theme
“ Towards a harmonized
Approach by the
Stakeholders in Building
a Peaceful Somalia ”. The
Summit, chaired by His
Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni, President of the
Republic of Uganda, was
preceded by the meeting of
the Ministers of Foreign
Affairs and Ministers of
Defence on 3rd August
The Summit was attended
by His Excellency
Hailemariam Desalegn,
Prime Minister of the
Federal Democratic
Republic of Ethiopia; His
Excellency Uhuru
Kenyatta, President of the
Republic of Kenya; His
Excellency Hassan Sheikh
Mohamud, President of the
Federal Republic of
Somalia. His Excellency
Hassan Darar Houfaneh,
Minister of Defence
represented the
Government of the
Republic of Djibouti and
His Excellency Gabriel
Nizigama, Minister of
Public Security represented
the Republic of Burundi.
His Excellency, Andrew
Gbebay Bangali Permanent
Representative of the
Republic of Sierra Leone to
the African Union,
represented the
Government of Sierra
Leone while Ambassador
Mahamat Saleh Annadif,
Special Representative of
the Chairperson of the
Commission (SRCC) and
Head of Mission, AMISOM
represented the Africa
Union (AU).
Following the report on the
prevailing situation in
Somalia by Ambassador
Mahamat Saleh Annadif,
Special Representative of
the Chairperson of the
Commission (SRCC) and
Head of Mission, AMISOM
as well as statements made
by Burundi, Djibouti,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra
Leone, Somalia and
Uganda, the Summit:-
1. Reaffirmed its
commitment, under the
auspices of the African
Union (AU) and the
Authority on Development
(IGAD), to the unity,
territorial integrity and
sovereignty of Somalia as
well as its commitment to
continue to assist the
Federal Government of
Somalia (FGS) in its
stabilization efforts;
2. Commended the
achievements made by
AMISOM, Ethiopia and the
Somalia National Security
Forces in restoring
security in Somalia and in
particular in degrading the
ability of Al Shabaab to
carry out atrocities against
the people of Somalia;
3. Recalled the pivotal role
played by IGAD and AU in
the deployment of AMISOM
and welcomed the
deployment of additional
troops from Djibouti,
Kenya and Sierra Leone
and encouraged other
African countries to
contribute to the
stabilization effort in
4. Further recalled the
Communiqué of the 22nd
Extra Ordinary Session of
the IGAD Assembly of
Heads of State and
Government on the
Situation on Somalia held
in Addis Ababa on 3rd
May, 2013 which
recognizes the leadership
role of the FGS in the
reconciliation process as
well as in the
establishment of local
administrations in the
5. Expressed grave
concern about the
deteriorating security
situation in some parts of
Somalia, and also,
condemned the recent Al
Shabaab terrorist activities
that have resulted in the
loss of innocent civilian
lives and destruction of
property. In this regard,
the Summit requested
AMISOM to support the
FGS in the realization of
the FGS’ presence of
government institutions,
extend its authority and
establish itself;
6. Recalled the concerns
contained in paragraph 7
of the communiqué (PSC/
meeting of AU Peace and
Security Council adopted
on 13 June, 2013 that
AMISOM forces have
reached their operational
limits and are unable to
conduct a expansion
operations as envisaged in
the AU-UN Strategic
Concept for future
operations in Somalia and
supported the call to the
United Nations (UN)
Security Council to provide
the necessary support to
AMISOM and the Somalia
National Security Forces to
enable them reorganize,
restructure, increase their
forces and mobilize
logistical support in order
to undertake further
stabilization operations
and also consolidate their
control over the recovered
territories and to facilitate
the FGS extend state
authority across the
7. Noted that, given the
evolution of the situation
in Somalia, the AU
Strategic Concept for
future AMISOM operations
in Somalia adopted by the
AU Peace and Security
Council and the UN
Security Council in
January 2012 is not in
tandem with the current
situation and has been
over taken by other events
and therefore requested
the AU, in consultation
with the TCCs to AMISOM,
Ethiopia, Somalia as well
as IGAD and the UN, in the
context of the planned AU-
UN Joint Review, to revise
the Strategic Concept in
order to align it with the
prevailing circumstances
in the Mission Area;
8. Expressed concern
about ongoing discussions
aimed at partial re-hatting
of AMISOM, which is
considered premature and
may cause a dysfunctional
command and control,
unequal and inequitable
distribution of resources
and negative consequences
on the operational
effectiveness of the
9. Welcomed the efforts
deployed by the FGS
including in establishing
governance structures in
the recovered areas and
noted the challenges being
encountered in some
10. Welcomed and
encouraged the ongoing
talks between the FGS and
Jubba Region stakeholders;
11. Expressed concerns
with the emergence of
private security companies
noting that their activities
negatively impact on
efforts aimed at rebuilding
the Somalia National
Security Forces;
12. Welcomed also the
commitment of the FGS to
hold elections by 2016 and
expressed its support to
facilitate the creation of
conducive environment for
the conduct of credible
elections and called on the
AU, IGAD, UN, European
Union (EU), and all
Somalia’s friends and
partners to support the
FGS in this regard;
13. Expressed its
appreciation to the African
Union (AU), the
Authority on Development
(IGAD), the UN Security
Council, the European
Union (EU) and bilateral
partners for their
continued support to the
stabilization of Somalia;
14. Expressed concerns
about the intermittent
funding pattern of
AMISOM and the Somalia
National Security Forces.
Consequently, the Summit:
15. Decided , in accordance
with the Provisional
Federal Constitution of
Somalia, that the control of
the Kismayo seaport and
airport should be handed
over to the Federal
Government of Somalia
16. Stressed that in line
with UN Security Council
resolutions, the ban on the
exportation of charcoal
should be adhered to;
17. Decided that all
militias should be
integrated into the Somalia
National Security Forces
except those associated
with Al Shabaab which
should be isolated;
18. Emphasized the
imperative of continued
African leadership and the
need for AMISOM to
sustain and strengthen its
efforts to stabilize Somalia
and reduce the threat of Al
19. Decided that the FGS,
AMISOM and other
stakeholders should
cooperate to protect
AMISOM troops;
20. Decided that the FGS is
to take lead in the process
of producing local leaders
from the regions which the
FGS will then appoint but
in doing so, there is the
need to ensure balanced
21. Decided that all parties
should support the
establishment of Somalia
National Security Forces
by training educated
Somalis to form the officer
corps and the training of
NCOs should be carried out
in Somalia;
22. Decided that all unfair,
unfair accusations,
deliberate distortion of
facts and bad mouthing of
AMISOM TCCs must stop
23. Welcomed the Addis
Ababa discussions between
the FGS and the Jubba
Regions and called for the
discussions to be fast
tracked and made
24. Encouraged the UN to
procure food and other
essential material for
AMISOM locally where
25. Underlined the fight
against Al Shabaab as the
major focus of the FGS, the
TCCs as well as regional
and international partners;
26. Resolved to maintain
their commitment to the
stabilization effort in
Somalia and in this regard
decided to convene
periodically to review the
situation in Somalia;
27. Decided to support the
FGS efforts to undertake
political dialogue with
various stakeholders and
encouraged the convening
of the reconciliation
conference agreed upon at
the 22nd Extra Ordinary
Session of the IGAD
Assembly of Heads of State
and Government on the
Situation on Somalia held
in Addis Ababa on 3rd
May, 2013;
28. Requested IGAD to
continue to play its
supportive role, in line
with the five principles
agreed upon as the basis
of stabilization efforts in
Somalia as contained in
the communiqué of the
22nd Extra Ordinary
Session of the IGAD
Assembly of Heads of State
and Government on the
Situation in Somalia held
in Addis Ababa on 3rd
May, 2013. In this regard,
the Summit appealed to
the FGS and other
stakeholders to work
closely in the amicable
resolution of any
29. Requested the FGS to
hasten the process of
putting in place
governance structures in
recovered areas, if
AMISOM in its current
formulation, is to make
further gains in the fight
against Al Shabaab. The
Summit further called on
other stakeholders to
support the FGS in this
30. Encouraged the FGS to
undertake the necessary
political process to
establish effective
governance structures
across Somalia;
31. Decided to support the
FGS in establishing its
authority in the Jubba
Regions especially its
control of state owned
federal infrastructure
including the seaport and
32. Requested the FGS to
prioritize the reintegration
of various militias with a
view to establish a
cohesive Somalia National
Security Force;
33. Agreed that AMISOM
and the Chiefs of Defence
Forces of Ethiopia and
Somalia, within the
framework of the AMISOM
Military Operations
Coordination Committee
(MOCC), in line with the
operational decision
reached in 2012, to
urgently work out the
modalities and
operationalization of an
AMISOM multinational
force to be deployed in
34. Directed Chiefs of
Defence Forces to meet on
a quarterly basis to review
the security situation in
Somalia and report to the
Committee of Ministers of
Defence accordingly for
appropriate action;
35. Requested IGAD to meet
on quarterly basis in order
to track progress in
developments in Somalia
with particular reference
to rebuilding the Somalia
National Security Forces
and political outreach and
36. Requested the AU, in
consultations with the
TCCs, Ethiopia and
Somalia, to undertake in-
depth review of recent UN
Security Council
resolutions, notably
resolution 2093 (2013) and
2033 (2013) with a view to
unpacking their
implications particularly
with regards to the
contemplated partial re-
hatting of AMISOM, its
mandate as well as its
operational effectiveness;
37. Requested the AU
Commission to intensify
and expand its efforts in
mobilizing the required
support, including
predictable funding, for an
enhanced AMISOM with
increased uniformed
personnel strength and the
Somalia National Security
38. Requested the AU
Commission and the TCCs
to fast track the ongoing
troop rotation, including
the Force Command
39. Requested the Special
Representative of the
Chairperson of the
Commission (SRCC) and
Head of Mission – AMISOM
to transmit this
Communiqué to the AU
Commission for the
attention of the AU Peace
and Security Council.


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