(R) appears at odds with the government on several issues Somalia’s transitional
government has dismissed as irrelevant an agreement struck between a group
of Somali MPs and the Union of Islamic Courts.
Abdirahman Dinari said the MPs – led by parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh
Adan – did not have a mandate to negotiate.
went to Mogadishu a week ago after Arab League mediation efforts in the Sudanese
capital Khartoum failed.
agreement called on both sides to agree to return to talks.
pledged to maintain an arms embargo and prevent any foreign interference in
the transitional government – which has little influence outside the town
of Baidoa where it is based – has called for the arms embargo to be lifted
and for a foreign peacekeeping force to protect it.
have taken control of most of southern Somalia since seizing the capital,
Mogadishu, in June.
was struck late on Friday in Mogadishu. The government responded after a cabinet
meeting the next day.
government does not accept this initiative, » Mr Dinari told the Associated
Press news agency. « It is totally unacceptable. »
is the task of the government, » he added.
is an attempt to prevent war between militias loyal to the Union of Islamic
Courts and the fragile government.
Hassan Adow, the Islamic Courts spokesman for foreign affairs, said: « This
is a first step, and we are headed for peace. »
parties called on the transitional government to back the deal.
has been in the grip of warlords and militias for years and has not had a
functioning national government since 1991.