(Corrects name of Nairobi mall)
GENEVA, Sept 24 The United Nations envoy for
Somalia called on Tuesday for additional African troops to
counter al Shabaab, which he said numbered some 5,000 people and
posed an international threat.
Nicholas Kay, U.N. special representative for Somalia,
condemned the deadly attack on Westgate mall in Kenya, which the
Islamist militant group has claimed responsibility for, and said
that there was a "once-in-a-generation" opportunity to help
bring peace to Somalia.
"Security remains the number one challenge, the control and
defeating of al Shabaab is key to this," Kay told a Geneva news
briefing. "The amount of money that we're talking about that's
required for the extra effort in Somalia would be very small.
But the cost of walking away would be very expensive."
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles; editing by Mike