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AU Special Representative for Somalia pays tribute to the outstanding work of AMISOM troops Mogadishu, Saturday September 19, 2009: The African Union Special
Representative for Somalia Mr. Nicolas Bwakira has paid tribute to the outstanding work of AMISOM peacekeepers who continue to show strong commitment and determination in the performance of their duties despite the hostile environment. Mr. Bwakira was in Mogadishu today to honor the sacrifice of the fallen peacekeepers that paid the ultimate price of their lives for peace in Somalia during Thursday’s suicide attack. He was pleased to note that despite the criminal attack by Al-Shabaab, the morale of the peacekeepers was very high as they showed determination to redouble their efforts in pursuit of their mission. The African Union Special Representative also met the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia His Excellency Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke whom he assured of AMISOM’s continued support to ensure peace, stability and development for the country. He said far from being intimidated, the mission is more determined to stay the course and bring peace to Somalia, thus ending years of fighting. Mr. Bwakira announced new initiatives by the African Union to support the government and people of Somalia both on the political front and socio economic projects as well as in the area of institutional capacity building. He extended the message of encouragement, solidarity and commitment from the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, His Excellency Mr. Jean Ping to the Troop Contributing Countries of Burundi and Uganda and to all AMISOM personell.
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