Turkey welcomes the Security Council’s founding of AMISOM


On Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry welcomed the UN Security Council’s re-formation on Thursday of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and its transformation into the African Union Transitional Mission (ATMs).


The Foreign Ministry stressed the importance of ATMS’ contribution to the development of the Somali security force in order to achieve lasting stability in the country and the region.

She expressed her hope that the Somali authorities will hand over their security responsibilities during the period specified in the mission.

And on Thursday, the Security Council unanimously ratified (15 countries) to restructure the AMISOM mission and transform it into the African Union Transitional Mission (ATMS).

Whereas, by virtue of the resolution, the Council granted the ATMS mission a 12-month mandate, starting from the same day.


Somalia and the African Union signed an agreement last January to form a two-year transitional force that would help Somali security forces take charge.

Resolution No. 2628 stressed the need for “full compliance by states participating in ATMS with international humanitarian law and human rights law.

As well as full respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and territorial integrity of Somalia.

He set a set of tasks for the ATMS mission, foremost of which is “reducing the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and supporting capacity building of the Somali security and police services.”

The council’s decision allowed AU member states to deploy up to 19,626 uniformed personnel as part of the ATMS force.


Somalia has been fighting a war for years against the “Al-Shabab” movement, which was founded in early 2004, and it is an armed movement ideologically affiliated with “Al-Qaeda” and has adopted numerous terrorist operations that have claimed hundreds of lives.

The UN Security Council established the AMISOM mission on January 19, 2007 to achieve peace in Somalia, with a staff of 22,000 soldiers from Uganda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya and Djibouti.

This is to support the transitional federal government, train security forces, and provide a safe environment for the delivery of humanitarian aid.