NRM Parliamentary Caucus Approves Troop Deployment to Somalia

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The National Resistance Movement parliamentary caucus has approved a plan to send peacekeeping troops to Somalia. NRM spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, says the 237 MPs on Thursday approved a plan to send 1,000 Ugandan troops to a proposed 8,000-strong peacekeeping force under a U.N.-approved plan to pacify Somalia. He says the actions of the NRM Caucus, which dominates two thirds of the House, makes it almost certain that the plan will be approved by Parliament when it meets on January 30th. Opondo says parliament would still discuss some outstanding issues when it meets. He says the MPs want to outline how long the troops will be in Somalia and also to determine compensation for families if someone dies. Diplomats have called for an urgent deployment of troops to prevent a security vacuum in Somalia as Ethiopia, which last month routed the Union of Islamic Court and enabled Somalia's transitional government to take control of Mogadishu for the first time, pulls out. The African Union's Peace and Security Council is meeting later today in Addis Ababa to discuss the deployment plans.