Newscast Media MOGADISHU—There are plans for German troops to take part in the
EU training mission in Somalia, a German magazine has reported. Defense Minister
Ursula von der Leyen has said Bundeswehr troops would become more involved in
According to the report, Germany’s federal armed forces, the Bundeswehr, is to
discuss plans for German soldiers to join in the EU training mission in Somalia.
Spiegel Online says an as-yet unspecified number of troops would join the European
Union military mission (EUTM Somalia), which contributes to the training of Somali
National Security Forces.
A German Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed the report in principle but added
that a political mandate was necessary from the Federal Parliament, the Bundestag,
before the number of troops could be determined. The report indicated troops could
be on the ground by April.
Since 2010, EUTM Somalia has contributed to the training of approximately 3,600
Somali soldiers. Training has been provided in Uganda, due to the political and
security situation in Somalia, in close collaboration with the Uganda People’s Defence
German troops have taken part in previous EUTM training programs for Somali troops
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has said that German soldiers would become
more involved in Africa in the future. She made her first, official visit to Africa last
week, with stops in Senegal and Mali.
Source: Deutsche Welle