17/08/08 (B461) Shabelle / Le Président du GNT et son Premier Ministre rencontrent l’Union Africaine pour tenter de réchauffer leurs relations personnelles. Somali leaders meet AU in Ethiopia (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Somali president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and prime minister Nor Hassan Hussein on Friday arrived in Addis Ababa for talks with the African Union, whose plans to pass judgment between the two men after they came to blows for the dismissal of Mogadishu mayor Mohamed Dhere by the PM officials said.

The talks are expected to focus on straighten out the two leader’s heated discussions.

« The president and premier arrived in Addis Ababa. They will just stay in some days and are now holding meeting with the AU, » officials at Somalia’s embassy in Addis Ababa told Shabelle.

They also are holding talks with Ethiopian officials’ in particular military officials.

Yusuf is expected to hold talks with members of the AU’s Peace and Security Council, he explained.

The Saturday meeting came as Ethiopia faced accusations that its troops killed more than 65 civilians inside Somalia to protect the country’s fledgling interim government from the Islamic militia, who say they are only interested restoring law and order there.

The pair held talks « on their squaring off their divergences, » the official who declined to use his name said.

No further details on that meeting are available.