Three days of peace negotiations between the Somali interim government and an opposition faction ended Sunday without an agreement, Radio Garowe reported.
Interim Somali Prime Minister Nur “Adde” Hassan Hussein is leading a government delegation as negotiations continue regarding the Djibouti Agreement, reached on June 9 between the government and the opposition faction, the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS).
ARS delegates refused to sign the expected agreement after a dispute erupted about a clause regarding the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from major towns, sources said.
The government’s negotiating team argued that Ethiopian troops will be withdrawn only from “civilian centers” but will remain inside the major towns, the sources added.
UN Special Envoy Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah confirmed to reporters that the ARS delegation refused to sign the security clause, but both sides formally signed a clause declaring support for humanitarian relief efforts.