East AfricaMissions Operations

The new EUTM Somalia camp in Mogadishu is being built

(BRUSSELS2) On the eve of the conference for Somalia “a new deal” for Somalia which is being held on Monday (September 16) in Brussels, the training camp for Somali soldiers in Mogadishu where European soldiers from EUTM Somalia will work is in full construction as we can see from the images that have just been shot, in complete discretion, by TV teams from the Council of the European Union.

Ensuring the safety of European trainers and Somali soldiers

First task: erect a wall of sandbags to prevent any terrorist attack. " We are creating a secure area so that our staff can work safely” attests an engineer participating in the European force. A priority. This security is, in fact, a sine qua none condition, put by several European countries for the transfer of part of EUTM Somalia's activities from Uganda (where they are still established) to Somalia.

An important sign of a certain return to normal

« We are part of the process to bring stability and democracy back to Somalia underlines the Head of Mission, Irish General Gerard Aherne. " Somali forces are developing at this stage. It must be remembered that Somalia was until recently classified as a failed state. Today it is a state in reconstruction. There has been significant progress ". And to add. “ "There is a unique opportunity today to establish a democratic process, the rule of law and support the federal government, as well as to ensure the security of the Somali population."

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).