The African Union is supporting Somalia’s plea for neighboring countries to send troops to help fight Islamist insurgents. AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping said in a statement released on Monday that the Somali government “has the right to seek support from AU members states and the larger international community.”
Somali lawmakers pleaded this weekend for immediate international military intervention.
Kenya on Monday said it would not send troops. There was no indication whether other neighbors would answer the plea. There is already an AU force in Mogadishu, but its mandate is restricted to guarding government officials and installations.