UK to deploy troops to help keep peace in Somalia and South Sudan

110230084_SOMALI_03_319525cHundreds of British troops will be deployed to Somalia and South Sudan to train African peacekeeping forces in order to foster “less terrorism and less migration”, David Cameron has said.

The prime minister said he was offering forces to United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) missions to help tackle conflicts that are facilitating the rise of terrorist groups in Somalia and prompting mass migration from South Sudan, where 2 million people have been displaced by the battle between the government and rebels.

About 70 members of the military personnel will be offered to help in Somalia, where a peacekeeping unit is present to tackle the threat of the Islamist group al-Shabaab. They will not be involved in combat operations but will help train AU forces in areas including logistics, engineering and medical aid.

Further troops – about 250 to 300 over the course of several missions – are being sent to carry out specific tasks in South Sudan, such as engineering advice and combat training.

Cameron will offer the troops at a session on UN peacekeeping on Monday, hosted by the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and the US president, Barack Obama, with dozens of other member states expected to make contributions.

Speaking before his arrival in New York, Cameron said: “We think Britain has a particular role in training and logistics and expertise and standards, so we want to step up what we are doing. But let me stress, we all want to see all the right force-protection arrangements in place but we should be playing a part in this.

“What happens in Somalia, if it’s a good outcome, it’s good for Britain, it means less terrorism, less migration, less piracy; ditto South Sudan.”

He said it was “absolutely vital that the international community works together to shore up stability in Africa”.

The UK has contributed to many peacekeeping forces over the years, wearing the distinctive blue berets of the UN, but its role is largely limited now to providing about 280 troops participating in the current mission in Cyprus.

About £260m has been given in aid to South Sudan since the start of the civil war in December 2013. But the British government has in recent years come under pressure to contribute more in the way of boots on the ground to bolster the UN’s peacekeeping aims.

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  1. I dont know Sudan, But Somalia does not need UK troops to be deployed in Somalia Soil.

    Because…UK…Democracy is dead.
    Parliament is not fit for purpose.
    Government has become the enemy of the People.

    This government is corrupt.
    The corruption is absolute, lead from the top down, and out of control.
    Being rotten to the core and from the core, everything it touches it taints.
    Having neither the will nor ability to change, outside intervention is indicated.

    Any persons who fail to act appropriately when faced with corruption,
    or condone in any way the actions of those determined as corrupt,
    become, by definition, corrupt themselves.

    There comes a time when, for the sake of humanity, society and civilisation,
    it is not only the choice of a person to throw out corrupt governance,
    but a duty.

    The banksters are but one part of ‘the establishment ‘ that depends upon corruption to exist.
    The inextricable entanglement is both endemic and systemic.

    It is those in power who are the terrorists, having destroyed our society from within

    UK has already corrupted African Institutions Centuries ago. with Divide and Rule. UK has a bad record on Human Rights.

    Before the Colonial Era. Somalia was one of Best African Country to work and live.. but Because of the colonial era.. 5-sOMALIA has fallen in to the wrong Colonial Hand. which finaly resulted the Great Somalia nation.. to devide 5 smaller parts. . that is Beacuse UK corruption was the spread on African soil and to make Somalia 5 weak portions which is easy to colonise and manage…

    for The colonial Era…Somalia has lost most of its soil just because UK has sold it to neighbouring countries such as Kenya,Ethiopia and finally Jabuti took. un-necessarily need sovereignty by the French. they also brain washed for the Somalia land-by saying you are/where a sovereign nation. we colonised you. just those lies. effected the Somali nation.

    Somali has paid a heavy price.. and lost much of its LAND, just because the Somali people ( SYL ) choose Italy to Take Somalia into a full Independent State 1960. this time Somali has lost 9 regions ( Somali ogaden ). in the hands of haila salasi the Ethiopia Emrior and NFD which was almost 6-7 Regions in to the Hands of Kenyan Government.

    This was behind by the UK- corrupted forieng policy – in Africa – Devide and Rule- Make Artificial Borders in a countries who have strong economy and large-land scape.
    Sooner or later Somali will never need UK support, because of the Historical Human Rights Abuse in Africa.

    The Only thing which UK- Government can help for the Somali people and their government is to give the compensation to the Effected, from 1911- after the World war I. If the UK government take a responsibility to compensate the people of Somali from the colonial era, the (Cold-war) and Civil war. up to Somali invasion in 2016. by the nebourghring countries. Those an-necessary wars which was cause so many lives and destruction in the Region..

    It was behind by the UK & US. UK TAX-payers Money was funded that invasion which has lost so many lives in Somalia. ( The Massacre of 2015 invasion in Somalia )

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