Exercise Justified Accord 2017 kicks off in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, March 20, 2017 (FBC) -An audience of military personnel from US, AMISOM troop and police contributing countries, allies, AU and other international organizations gathered for a table top exercise Justified Accord 2017 (JA17) opening ceremony at Peace Support Training Center (PSTC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today.

Justified Accord (JA), formerly known as Eastern Accord, is an annual combined, joint exercise focused on bringing together U.S., African partners, Western partners, and international organizations to promote interoperability through collaboration for peacekeeping operations in the East Africa region.

JA17 brought together 100 military and government personnel from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

The exercise will include structured vignettes and practical applications related to transitioning AMISOM to a Somali-led mission. The end goal of JA17 is to increase interoperability, to further relationships with partners in the region, and to build upon the plan for a more robust exercise for JA18.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Brigadier General Jon A. Jensen, Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Africa said “AMISOM, and the transition of this mission, has strategic importance to all of us – the successful transition of AMISOM is important to all of us.”

“We know that these four days of training cannot by itself set the conditions for transition, but what we can do is identify and examine the issues related to the transition, enhance information sharing and cooperation on security issues, and further enhance the multilateral relationships that exist,” he added.

Jensen finally thanked the Ethiopia National Defense Force and the Peace Support Training Center for hosting the four-day training.

Posted by Amare Asrat