UN Eyes Proposal to Fund Massive Somalia Escalation

Security Council Mulls Paying for 20,000 Ugandan Troops

According to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the UN Security Council is studying his government’s proposal to provide some 20,000 additional troops for the Somalia occupation. The escalation of the African Union-backed war would be conditional on finding funding from abroad.

Members of the Security Council are studying the proposal to get more familiar with the issue,” Museveni insisted following a meeting with UN envoys dispatched to Kampala. Exact dollar figures were not discussed yet.

Uganda currently provides the majority of the 7,000+ AU soldiers in Somalia, struggling to back the self-proclaimed government in its attempts to control more than a few city blocks along the coast in Mogadishu.

Museveni says the Ugandan government could provide however many troops as the international community wants,  but that they can’t afford to pay for them and would leave the funding and arming of their troops up to the international community.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.