Military officers deployed to serve in the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) have been tasked with embracing the values of the mission to help strengthen the goal of restoring peace and stability to Somalia.
The call came during the induction course for 30 officers who recently joined the mission to serve in various capacities at ATMIS Force Headquarters.
“During the performance of your duties, I urge you to work together and remain committed to the strategic goals of ATMIS despite our diversity in training, culture and, indeed, beliefs.
I advise you to concentrate, be professional and be ready to learn and unlearn as well”, said the Division Gen. William Shume, ATMIS Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Planning.
The week-long training prepared staff officers in various capacities to spearhead the ATMIS mandate in Somalia, as well as enhance their knowledge of Somali culture and context, mission structure, code of conduct, international law humanitarian and human rights law.
Maj. Gen. Shume, who represented the Force Commander, emphasized the importance of understanding and respecting the culture and context within which ATMIS operates.
“The training was designed to equip them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the context in which ATMIS operates, with particular emphasis on its mandate and objectives,” the Major General noted.
“Certainly, given the training we received, we now have a broader vision of the mission and are prepared to meet expectations,” said Lt. Col. Benon Hatangimana of Uganda, who also served in Côte d’Ivoire as a military observer.