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15 Jul 2007 description
report New Vision

By Abukar Sheikh Ahmed and Richard Kinyera in Mogadishu

AS the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in Somalia is expiring on July 19, only Uganda has sent 1,600 soldiers out of the 8,000 that were required to pacify the lawless East-African nation.

Because of their vulnerability, the Ugandans have stopped patrols in Mogadishu. "Since we lost four peacekeepers on May 16, we are restraining ourselves", spokesman Capt. Paddy Ankunda explained.

"Mogadishu is a burning place, and we have only 1,600 peacekeepers.