30/08/08 (B463) Shabelle / Un Chef de clan battu ) Kismayo, le Colone Shire dit Hirale, rechercherait l’appui des troupes éthiopiennes / Defeated clan leader says seeking Ethiopian military aid (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Col Barre Adan Shire (Hirale) who was driven out of Kismayo is holding talks with elders and the administration of Garbaharey, the capital of Gedo Region.

Barre Hirale, who arrived with his militiamen in Garbaharey yesterday morning, has been holding various meetings since yesterday with the elders and the administration of the area on the fighting in Kismayo and the current situation there.

MP Barre Hiiraale who was recently defeated in Kismayo by Islamist fighters is said to be planning to cross the border to Dolow District in Ethiopia where he will ask for military assistance from the Ethiopian troops based there.

Further reports say that officers accompanying Barre Hirale wish to go further into Ethiopia to meet with other Ethiopian officers.

Meanwhile, the first deputy governor of Gedo Region, Muhammad Abdi Kalil, told Mareeg online that they support Barre Hiiraale’s efforts to recapture Kismayo city.

Somalia has been at war since 1991, when clan-based militias ousted Siad Barre, a socialist dictator, and then fought for power among themselves.

The conflict is complicated by clan loyalties and the involvement of archenemies Eritrea and Ethiopia, who both back opposite sides in the fighting.

The last UN peacekeeping force in Somalia included American troops who arrived in 1992 and tried to arrest warlords and create a government.

The US involvement ended in October 1993, when fighters shot down a US Army Black Hawk helicopter during a battle that killed 18 American soldiers.

Since then, Ethiopian troops have helped Somalia’s fragile transitional government push the Islamists from power in Mogadishu and much of the south, but failed to establish security or improve living standards

29/08/08 (B463) Shabelle / Dans le cadre du compromis qu’ils ont trouvé à Addis Abeba, un accord entre le Président du GNT et son Premier Ministre pour transférer l’Administration de Baïdoa à Mogadiscio. Somali PM says plans to reinstate Mogadishu administration agreed (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The prime minister of the TFG Nor Adde has announced that him and the president have agreed to establish new administration for Mogadishu.

Adde added that under their agreement Mohamed Omar Habeb Mohamed Dhere who has been dismissed by him as the mayor of Mogadishu would not be return to his position.

The two men have returned to Baidoa town on Wednesday after days of reconciliation talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“We had in agreement each other to end the dispute between us in Addis Ababa “Adde on his side said.

The security of the town was highly tightened by Ethiopian backed Somali troops as well the troops have stopped up civilian vehicles in the town.

The arrival of these officials comes as the two top leaders the PM and the president will stand before the parliament those geared up frenzied motions against them.

No further details on how the top Somali leaders solved their differences are available during their attendance in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Relations between President Abdullahi Yusuf and Premier Hussein Nur Adde were soured when Mr yusuf revoked prime minister’s decision to fire Mogadishu mayor Mohamed Dheere for allegedly fuelling insecurity in the city.

« We are very much happy that we have solved our differences. We now have the same view on the responsibilities we have to fulfill, » Mr Hussein said.

The rift between two leaders has threatened to derail Djibouti ceasefire agreement signed with the opposition in June.

President Yusuf said agreement includes, among others, transitional federal charter, the form of finance and administrative institutions as well secure sectors of Somalia, further expressing his hope that an agreement would be an ideal instrument to create peace and stability in Somalia.

29/08/08 (B463) Shabelle / Les tribunaux islamiques ont salué l’annonce par Meles Zenaoui d’un retrait possible des forces éthiopiennes de Somalie, même en l’absence d’un Gouvernement stable. UIC hails Ethiopian troop’s withdrawal announcement (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The Islamic courts union has hailed Ethiopian prime minister’s remarks on the withdrawal of his troops from Somalia even if the Somali government doesn’t become stable.

Speaking to Shabelle radio the spokesman of the group Sheikh Abdi Rahin Isse Addow has stated that it was laudable the announcement of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawe on the pull out of the Ethiopian troops saying” it was positive”

He added that Ethiopia’s objectives on Somalia have all over then considered necessary.

“When Meles Zenaw saw that he couldn’t be successful with his purposes in Somalia he said “my troops partially killed and I am withdrawing them”

He added that Ethiopia’s support to the Somali government wouldn’t be persistent.

Isse’s remarks come following Ethiopia announced that it prepared to withdraw troops from Somalia even if the interim government is not stable.

Ethiopia invaded its neighbour in 2006 to oust an Islamist militia and re-install the transitional government.

Prime minister Meles Zenawe told the UK’s Financial Times paper that financial pressures had to be taken into account and said the commitment was not open ended.

The withdrawal of Ethiopians is a key demand of the Islamist insurgents.

Al-Shabab, the radical wing of the Islamists who controlled much of Somalia in 2006, has refused to recognise a recent UN-brokered agreement the interim government has signed with an opposition group including a top Islamist leader.

It has demanded that Ethiopian troops leave Somalia before any ceasefire is considered.

Somalia has experienced almost constant civil conflict since the collapse of Mohamed Siad Barre’s regime in January 1991.

‘Lose patience’

« The operation has been extremely expensive so we will have to balance the domestic pressures on the one hand and pressures in Somalia on the other and try to come up with a balanced solution, » Mr Meles told the Financial Times.

We didn’t anticipate that the international community would be happy riding the Ethiopian horse and flogging it at the same time for so long

The Ethiopian prime minister has been struggling to reconcile a rift within the Somali interim government.

The Somalia president and prime minister fell out over the sacking of the mayor of the capital, Mogadishu, which has experienced the brunt of the violence.

The BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, says Mr Meles’s remarks may partly have been intended to concentrate the minds of the Somali leadership by pointing out that if Ethiopia really did lose patience it could pull out and leave them to their own devices.

He did express the hope that a replacement force would be fully or nearly fully deployed before the Ethiopian troops left.

But he added that given past practice, Ethiopia could never be sure when the African Union could deploy in any meaningful sense.

He also blamed the West for the continuing instability, saying it had offered lukewarm political and financial support for an African Union peacekeeping force.

« We didn’t anticipate that the international community would be happy riding the Ethiopian horse and flogging it at the same time for so long, » he said.

So far only about 2,200 of a planned 8,000-strong AU peacekeeping force have been sent to Somalia.

29/08/08 (B463) Shabelle / Plusieurs membres du Parlement somalien condamne l’Ethiopie en lui demandant de respecter la souveraineté somalienne et ne pas se mêler des affaires intérieures.. MPs animatedly condemn Ethiopia Government (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Several Somali MPs have slammed Ethiopian government over unswerving interventions against Somali politics.

Scores of Somali MPs have started to hold special sessions in the south-western town of Baidoa to deliberate the mediation efforts of Somali’s transitional Government leaders led by Ethiopian government leaders which they see as “intervention”.

Some reports say that following the two top government officials have agreed at Addis Ababa talks they’ve started to use some MP’s as their political actors in the face of the other side.

One of the MPs not in favor of Ethiopia Abdi Said known as “Jiniboqor” says that it was unbearable Ethiopia to dictate the government leaders for their own political routes.

“It was deplorable that heads of government to be dictated for what they would act in their country’s politics” Jiniboqor said.

Another MP Mohamed Osman Maye has urged Ethiopia government to be in awe of the sovereignty of Somalia as well to avoid further interventions.

“Please stay out your neighbor’s politics as sovereignty” Maye said.

29/08/08 (B463) Shabelle / Une bombe détruit partiellement un convoi de véhicules de l’armée somalienne. D’importants dégâts et proablement des soldats blessés / Mogadishu landmine blast damages Gov convoy-witnesses (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

A landmine blast has partially destroyed a convoy vehicle of Somali troops in the latest attack by Islamist rebels on government authorities in the anarchic capital later on Thursday, eyewitnesses said.

« As the troops were driving at Bundada Street in Hamar Jajab district all of a sudden a huge landmine blast occurred, the vehicle has suffered damages” Hassan Nor, a resident, told Shabelle.

« Some soldiers appeared as wounded in the explosion, » he added.

Islamist-led insurgents have been waging a growing Iraq-style insurgency against the government, and the Ethiopian troops backing it, since being ousted from control of Mogadishu.

Thousands have died and over one million have been displaced by the fighting, which, along with drought and high inflation, has turned Somalia into what the U.N. has called Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Somalia has been mired in lawlessness since warlords ousted dictator Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991. The transitional government is the country’s 14th attempt at restoring central government since then.

28/08/08 (B462-B) SHABELLE / Cinq morts dans des accrochages à Mogadiscio entre les islamistes et les soldats somaliens. Five injured during Mogadishu fighting.

Witnesses in Somalia say Islamic insurgents attacked Somali forces in Mogadishu wounding at least five civilians.

Wednesday’s attack took place at former Gulwadayasha military camp, where Somali transitional government force are based.

Witnesses say the civilians wounded after stray bullets struck them near the battle areas.

The fighting took place less than a day after the country’s two top leaders Prime minister Nor Adde and president Yusuf have ended their differences in Addis Ababa talks.

The government and the moderate faction of the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia also agreed to halt the fighting and to refrain from inflammatory statements at Djibouti peace agreement.

Thousands of Somalis have died in more than 18 months of fighting between the insurgents and the Ethiopian-backed government.

The Ethiopians invaded Somalia in late 2006 to help the government oust an Islamist movement from power in southern and central areas of the country.

The Islamists have the backing of the Eritrean-based opposition group.

Somalia has endured years of violence and chaos since the fall of the last stable central government in 1991.

28/08/08 (B462-B) SHABELLE / Le président du GNT et celui de la Chambre des députés reviennent à Baïdoa après une dizaine de jours de négociations à Addis Abeba. Somali leaders return to Southwestern town (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Abdinasir Guled

Somali president Abdullahi Yusuf, prime minister Nor Adde and the speaker of the parliament Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nor Madobe have Wednesday touched down at the airport of Baidoa town the temporary seat of Somali parliament from Addis Ababa where they have been holding squaring off talks officials said.

In a brief news conference he held at the airport when they arrived, the president of the transitional government Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed has affirmed that they’ve done well to get to the bottom of the contentious issues during their presence in Addis Ababa.

“We had in agreement each other to end the dispute between us in Addis Ababa “Yusuf told the reporters.

The security of the town was highly tightened by Ethiopian backed Somali troops as well the troops have stopped up civilian vehicles in the town.

The arrival of these officials comes as the two top leaders the PM and the president will stand before the parliament those geared up frenzied motions against them.

No further details on how the top Somali leaders solved their differences are available during their attendance in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Relations between president Abdullahi Yusuf and premier Hussein Nur Adde were soured when Mr yusuf revoked prime minister’s decision to fire Mogadishu mayor Mohamed Dheere for allegedly fuelling insecurity in the city.

« We are very much happy that we have solved our differences. We now have the same view on the responsibilities we have to fulfill, » Mr Hussein said.

The rift between two leaders has threatened to derail Djibouti ceasefire agreement signed with the opposition in June.

President Yusuf said agreement includes, among others, transitional federal charter, the form of finance and administrative institutions as well secure sectors of Somalia, further expressing his hope that an agreement would be an ideal instrument to create peace and stability in Somalia.

Mr Yusuf further called upon international community to extend their support in deployment of international stabilisation forces in Somali.

« We hope the agreement will end the differences between Somali leaders, » Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said after the pair signed the deal in Addis Ababa.

« Ten days ago, the very existence of Transitional Federal Government was at a critical point. The differences were a deciding factor that makes or breaks the transitional period, including the peace agreement in Djibouti, » Minister said.

The deal reached in Addis Ababa came as more than 90 anti-Hussein members of parliament resented a motion seeking to remove Mr Hussein for allegedly embezzling government funds and also for failing to curb violence in Mogadishu.

« I can say that we are confident that the cabinet will not be defeated by the motion, » Mr Hussein said.

Since it was created in 2004, Somalia’s internationally-backed transitional federal government has been plagued by internecine squabbling. It has also been wrecked by a deadly guerrilla conflict since Ethiopian forces backed government troops in late 2006 to oust an Islamist movement.

28/08/08 (B462-B) Shabelle / Somalie : neuf soldats des forces somaliennes fidèles au GNT désertent pour rejoiindre les groupes de l’opposition armée. Nine government soldiers join armed opposition groups (En Anglais – Info lectrice)

About nine soldiers loyal to the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia based in Former Pasta Factory in Mogadishu joined the opposition armed groups on wednesday.

The soldiers were parts of recently trained in Ethiopian have given into an armed Islamic rebel group, which is one of the groups based in the country fighting the government and foreign forces.

The rebel soldiers were paraded before the Mogadishu media when they arrived.

The interim administration is struggling to contain deepening Islamist-led deadly battles involving near-daily attacks on allied Somali-Ethiopian troops.

The Horn of Africa nation of nine million people has suffered constant violence since the 1991 fall of a military dictator. Ethiopia sent thousands of troops in 2006 to help the Western-backed interim government oust Islamists from Mogadishu.

A small 1,800-strong African Union force, mainly Ugandans, has done little to stem violence in Somalia, though it has won plaudits for providing medical care and securing areas like Mogadishu’s port and presidential palace.