EU foreign ministers will tomorrow (Monday) give the green light to Spain's plan for European instructors to train up some 2'000 Somali soldiers to reinforce the embryonic governmental army, diplomatic sources said yesterday.

The plan is to train 2'000 members of the Somali security forces in Uganda, one diplomat said.

The operation, in which around 100 European military personnel will take part, could begin in May, another diplomat said, adding that it had not yet been determined which EU nations would contribute, on a voluntary basis. “We are in the process of discussing the national contributions,“ he said.
Somalia has been gripped by civil wars and insurgencies and bereft of stable government since the overthrow of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
Uganda was chosen because its troops constitute the lion's share of the African Union mission in Somalia, AMISOM.


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