10/02/09 (B485) Somalie : médiation entre le nouveau Président et les différents chefs religieux et chefs de clans. Le principe de rétablir la Charia serait accepté par le nouveau Président. (5 articles en Anglais et en Français)

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Le Président somalien prêt à rétablir la Charia en Somalie. // Somali president ready to practice Sharia law

Somalia’s newly elected president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told Monday Islamist leaders and commanders of government forces that he was ready to practice the Sharia law.

Somali’s president Sharif Sheik Ahmed was attending a large meeting in former Police Traffic Centre in Mogadishu on Monday, and encouraged peace and forgiveness to the Somalis.

Sheik Abdulqadir Ali Omar, the leader of the Islamic Courts Union and Gen. Abdi Hassan Awale( Qeibdid), the commander of the Somali police forces shook hands and said they made up and reconciled.

Said Dhere, the commander of the Somali military forces and some caretaker government ministers attended the meeting.

“We consider the role of every Somali citizen who can help bring peace to the nation,” said President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

Mr. Ahmed called for international aid and urged civilians uprooted by two years of fighting to return home

The president said he would build the national security forces and called for the opposition to join his government to safe the country.

The newly-elected leader had said he would form an inclusive government and extend a hand to armed groups still opposed to the UN-sponsored reconciliation effort.

Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the young cleric and former opposition leader, was elected as Somali’s president in Djibouti, but he faces a daunting task of bringing change to the war- torn nation of Somalia, which has not had a central government for eighteen years.

By: Ahmednor Mohamed Farah

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L’UA demande le renforcement urgent des forces de maintien de la Paix en Somalie. // AU calls for quick reinforcement of Somalia force

A small African Union peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu must be reinforced fast to capitalise on the arrival of a new Somali president, the AU said on Monday.

Nicolas Bwakira, the AU’s special representative for the Horn of Africa nation, said Sheikh Sharif Ahmed’s election at United Nations-led talks in Djibouti provided a rare opportunity for peace in the country, which has been at war for 18 years.

« Now that there is an expanded parliament and a new president, we feel we have to accelerate the implementation of AMISOM activities, » Bwakira told Reuters in an interview.

The AU force in Mogadishu, AMISOM, currently has about 3,200 soldiers from Uganda and Burundi.

Bwakira said the AU would help Ahmed reach out to the warring parties, and would also provide funding to pay the salaries of 2,700 paramilitaries to boost security in the bomb-wrecked city.

Bwakira said Uganda and Burundi would deploy two more battalions of 850 men before the end the of month, bringing AMISOM’s strength to 5,100 — although still short of the planned 8,000.

Nigeria still said it was sending a long-delayed battalion too, but needed logistical support, he said.

Many countries have been loath to send troops to a nation where two years of fighting has killed more than 16,000 civilians and driven another 1 million from their homes.

Ahmed was the more moderate of two leaders of a sharia courts group that brought some stability to Mogadishu and most of southern Somalia in 2006, before Washington’s main regional ally, Ethiopia, invaded to oust them.

Ethiopia’s military withdrew last month, clearing the way for Ahmed’s election in Djibouti a week ago.

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Le président somalien rencontre de hauts responsables et des dignitaires locaux

Le nouveau président élu somalien Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed a rencontré dimanche de hauts responsables de sécurité et des dignitaires locaux à Mogadiscio pour discuter de la sécurité et du besoin de lancer des négociations sur la réconciliation avec les groupes d’insurgés qui s’opposent au gouvernement de transition somalien.

Arrivé à Mogadiscio samedi pour la première fois depuis son élection le 31 janvier, le président Ahmed a eu « des entretiens consultatifs » avec des ministres du gouvernement de transition, des chefs de sécurité, ainsi que des dirigeants religieux et des dignitaires locaux, a révélé Abdulahi Qadar, porte-parole de la présidence somalienne.

Selon l’accord conclu entre le gouvernement de transition et la coalition d’opposition, l’Alliance pour la relibération de la Somalie (ARS), les deux parties devraient former une force conjointe pour maintenir la sécurité de la capitale.

« Avec les chefs de sécurité, nous sommes tombés d’accord sur le fait que le processus d’intégration entre les forces du gouvernement somalien et celles de l’ARS devrait être accéléré pour assurer conjointement la sécurité de la capitale », a indiqué M. Qadar à Xinhua.

Le président somalien a également rencontré des dirigeants religieux et des dignotaires locaux et les deux parties ont convenu de poursuivre la réconciliation nationale et de lancer immédiatement des négociations avec les groupes d’opposition.

Un certain nombre de groupe d’insurgés ont rejeté les résultats des négociations entre le gouvernement de transition et l’ARS qui ont mené à l’accord sur le partage du pouvoir entre les deux parties et à l’élection du dirigeant islamiste modéré Ahmed comme président.

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Le Président du Parlement kenyan lance un avertissement à la communauté somali du Kenya pour qu’elle ne s’oppose pas au nouveau Gouvernement, issu du vote de Djibouti. // Kenyan deputy speaker warns Somalis to oppose the new government

Kenyan deputy speaker warned against the Somali community in Kenya to oppose the newly elected president of Somalia Sheik Sharif hseik Ahmed, Shebelle’s Abdikarin reported on Monday.

Reports from Kenya say many people including Somalia clerics, businesses people, traditional elders, politicians, and some Kenyan legislatures attended a ceremony organized by Kenyan deputy speaker Farah Moalim.

“I encourage to you to support and welcome the new president of Somalia Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and his government,” Said Farah Moalim.

“In Kenya, we will take to a court those, who are committing crimes and will take legal steps to those who are continuing violence in Somalia and opposing the new government,” Mr. farah added.

The statement of Kenyan deputy speaker comes as most of the international communities supported earlier to the newly elected president of Somalia Sharif Sheik Ahmed who is now in the Somali capital Mogadishu for peace talks and negotiations between Somalis.

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Les Chefs de clans et les religieux islamiques veulent conduire une médiation entre le Gouvernement et les islamistes. // Clan elders and clerics want to mediate between Islamists and government

Clan elders and Islamic clerics are going to mediate between Islamist insurgents and the newly elected president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, officials told radio Shabelle on Monady.

Sheik Nor Barud Gurhan, a spokesman of Islamic clerics, who have been mediating between Islamist insurgents and Ahmed Derie Ali, the spokesman of Hawiye traditional elders, said on Monday they want to mediate the Islamist insurgents and the Somali government to solve the Somali crises through dialogue.

The move came after the newly elected Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed on Sunday held meetings with senior security officials and local clan leaders in the capital Mogadishu over security and the need to open reconciliation talks with insurgent groups which are opposed to the Somali transitional government.

President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, who arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday for the first time since his election, held « consultative talks » with ministers in the caretaker government, security chiefs and local religious and clan leaders, Abdulahi Qadar, the presidential spokesman, told radio Shabelle.

The Somali president also held talks with religious and clan elders in Mogadishu and both sides have agreed that the national reconciliation should continue and talks with the opposition groups should begin urgently.

« We asked the president to keep on talking with those opposed to his government and accommodate everyone into the peace and he accepted it, » Ahmed Dirie, said.

Dirie said the president also accepted their offer of mediation between the government and the opposition, adding that the elders would try to get the consent of the opposition leaders for their mediation role.

He said he was cautiously optimistic that « a solution would be found for the disagreements between the two sides ».

Both Islamic clerics and clan elders expressed hope that the new government would work peace and reconciliation.

Abdirisaq Adan, the advisor of the Somalia’s president said the government will restore peace and order in Mogadishu with in three months.