Ottawa - Canada announced on Tuesday funding to bolster
African Union forces in Somalia, after a deadly mall attack in Nairobi by Shabaab
Islamists last month.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird pledged Can$5m for
enhancing counterterrorism efforts through the African Union mission in
Somalia, as well as $1m for other security and conflict resolution programs in
the Horn of Africa.
The funds are in addition to Can$37m already committed by
Ottawa for Somalia, and $2.4bn committed by the world.
At a joint press conference, Somalia's visiting Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Fawzia Yusuf Adam said her government in
partnership with the African Union "is defeating" Shabaab.
"Al-Shabaab is on its last legs, they lost numbers,
they lost morale, they lost ground, they're only in small pockets. We're not
worried about them. We're in control of the situation, but we need a last
push" with aid from the international community to strengthen its security
forces, she said.
"We need to stand on our feet and defend our shores and
defend our ground and finish al-Shabaab."
The four-day bloodbath at the upmarket Westgate shopping
mall, which Kenyan forces brought to an end last Tuesday, left at least 67
people dead. The Kenyan Red Cross said on Monday that 39 more were still