Prime minister in talks with Mogadishu faction leader
Service - United Kingdom; Dec 5, 2001
minister of the Transitional Government of Somalia, Dr Hasan
Abshir Farah, and the Somali National Alliance/United Somali
Congress [USC-SNA] chairman Usman Hasan Ali Ato, today held
a meeting at the HQ of these factions [in Mogadishu] to discuss
a proposal on ways of forging closer ties.
minister, who delivered a short speech at the meeting, said
one year had elapsed [words indistinct] the new administration,
and said real efforts needed to be made. He said [words indistinct]
and pointed out that he would not hastily engage in [words
indistinct] until a reconciliation conference was held.
chairman Usman Hasan Ali Ato who also gave a speech said he
was happy with the meeting.
"Huge" demonstration in Garoowe against Puntland's deposed
demonstration in which religious scholars, clan elders, women
and youths took part, was yesterday staged in Garoowe town,
shouted, among other demands, "Abdullahi Yusuf should leave
Garoowe town, and go back to Gaalkacyo. [central Somalia].
reports from Boosaaso [Puntland's commercial port town] say
that reinforcement troops arrived there yesterday and were
immediately stationed at the town's airport.
Puntland regional president, Jama Ali Jama, held extensive
talks with clan elders and intellectuals from the region at
his temporary administrative HQ on how to strengthen security.
Regional body to meet over Somalia next year
of the president of the republic for Somalia, Ali Abd al-Rahman
Al-Numayri, said that there are coordination and consultation
with all the countries neighbouring Somalia and IGAD [Inter-Governmental
Authority on Development] states, concerning security and
peace in Somalia.
in a statement to Suna [Sudanese news agency] that preparations
began for holding the IGAD Summit in Khartoum in next January.
It is to be recalled that the proposed conference for reconciliation
in Somalia will be attended by all the IGAD states and partners
along with other circles concerned with the Somali affairs
and voluntary and governmental organizations.
Ex-prime minister formally hands over power to his successor
prime minister of the transitional government, Hasan Abshir
Farah, is today expected to take over responsibility from
the former prime minister, Dr Ali Khalif Galayr.
Aweys Muhammad Nur Fodey with the details: [Fodey] The handing-over
ceremony, to take place at Hotel Ramadan, will be attended
by government officials. This is the first time such a function
- a democratic handing over of power between two government,
one elected and one losing a parliamentary vote of no confidence
- is taking place in Mogadishu.