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STORY: BURUNDI REAFFIRMS ITS SUPPORT TO

AMISOM
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DATELINE: 16/MARCH/2016, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador
Francisco Madeira, meeting with the Burundi First Vice President H.E
Gaston Sindimwo
2. Med shot, SRCC with Burundi First Vice President H.E Gaston
Sindimwo
3. Close up shot, Burundi First Vice President H.E Gaston
Sindimwo
4. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Ambassador Francisco Madeira,
SRCC
The First Vice President told me that they are determined to be with the
Somali people and to fight side by side with them come what may. We
discussed the situation of the Burundi contingent here, their operations, the
need for them to obtain more equipment and the position of the Burundi
Government with regard to the future of their contingent. They will provide
more equipment to their contingent and are ready to sacrifice for the mission
to succeed,
5. Wide shot, The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador
Francisco Madeira, meeting with the Burundi First Vice President H.E
Gaston Sindimwo
STORY
Burundi Reaffirms Its Support To AMISOM
Mogadishu, March 16, 2016 - The Burundi government has reaffirmed its
commitment to continue being part of the African Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) to help Somalia achieve peace and stability.
Burundis First Vice President, Gaston Sindimwo, assured the Special
Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC)

for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, that Burundi troops will continue
serving under AMISOM command along with other troop contributing
countries.
The First Vice President told me that they are determined to be with Somalia
and to fight side by side with them come what may, Ambassador Francisco
Madeira said in an interview shortly after the meeting Burundis First Vice
President.
The meeting focused on Burundis participation and AMISOMs agenda in
helping secure a peaceful and stable Somalia.
We discussed the situation of the Burundi contingent here, their operations,
the need for them to obtain more equipment and the position of the Burundi
Government with regard to the future of its contingent, Ambassador
Francisco Madeira said.
Present at the meeting was Burundis Ambassador to Somalia Brig. Gen.
Joseph Nkurunziza; Chief of the Military in the Office of the President, Brig.
Gen. Ildephonse Habarugira and the Counselor in charge of Security and
Defence in the office of the First Vice President, Madam Francoise Niyonzima.
Burundi also pledged to provide more equipment to its troops serving on the
Mission and expressed willingness to make the necessary sacrifices to ensure
AMISOM succeeds.
Prior to the meeting with the SRCC, the visiting Vice President met with the
President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud;
Acting Prime Minister Abdulahi Ahmed Jama and representatives of Somalia
Chamber of Commerce.
AMISOM has more than 20,000 troops with Burundi having the second largest
with approximately 5,432 troops, after Uganda which has 6,223 troops. On the
other hand, Ethiopia has 4,395 troops, Kenya 3,664 while Djibouti has about
960. Burundi was second to deploy troops into Somalia, with its first soldiers
arriving in Mogadishu in December 2007 after Uganda.

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