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Unite to fight militias, Somalia leaders told

Wednesday June 16 2010

By NATION Reporter

Kenya has urged the leadership of the Somali Transitional Federal Government to end infighting if it wants to succeed in its fight against insurgents.

Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula said wrangles between the leaders made it difficult to fight the militias.

In a speech to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) Council of Ministers in Ethiopia on Tuesday, Mr Wetang’ula also told the Somali leaders to unite in asking donors for assistance.

Valuable time

The minister, who was accompanied to Addis Ababa by assistant ministers Orwa Ojodeh (Internal Security) and David Musila (Defence), regretted that wrangling in the TFG and Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia “led to the diversion of valuable time and resources that could have been used to address priority state issues.”

The minister also called on the international community to redouble their efforts in finding a lasting solution for peace in the Horn of Africa nation. The ministers appreciated the assistance being given to Somalia by the international community and expressed confidence in the leadership of the TFG institutions to address the outstanding issues, including creation of the Cabinet.

Agreement

“They commended the recent agreement between the TFG and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a which has had far-reaching positive implications for peace and national reconciliation,” a statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs public affairs and communication head Judith Ngunia, said.

The ministers’ council further welcomed the recent signing of an MoU between the African Union Force in Somalia (Amisom), Igad Office of the Facilitator for Somalia and UNPOS to coordinate tasks on peace in Somalia.