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Vol 47 No 18

Published 8th September 2006


Somalia

A threat to the Horn and beyond

Rising tension between the regimes of President Yusuf and Chairman Aweys could escalate into a regional war

Despite two impressive-looking agreements on security in Somalia this week, the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the crisis are poor. For now there is little middle ground, let alone appetite for sharing power between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) under President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed in Baidoa and the Supreme Islamic Courts Council (SICC) under Sheikh Hassan Dahir 'Aweys' in Mogadishu. On 4 September in Sudan, the TFG and SICC agreed in talks held under the auspices of the Arab League to reconstitute the Somali national army and police force, and to work towards the integration of the forces of the Islamic Courts, the TFG and other armed factions. Talks on political relations between the two sides were scheduled for late October in Khartoum.

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