From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 07:57:47 EST
Somalia: Somali opposition says rejection of Djibouti pact "unfortunate"
Djibouti-based Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia [ARS] termed it as unfortunate the recent statement by religious scholars in Mogadishu in which they said the Djibouti agreement is not in line with Islamic teachings.
Ahmad Abdullahi Wayeel who is the head of communication for the Djibouti-based ARS in a press conference held in Djibouti today said it is unfortunate that the withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops from Somalia is being considered to be not in line with Islamic teachings.
He said the religious scholars have assigned themselves the role of mediation and they have accepted their efforts in trying to resolve the conflict between various opposition groups in the country. He said there were some brothers who have refused to take the proposals of the religious leaders regarding the pursuit of reconciliation between the various opposition groups.
The spokesman for the Djibouti-based ARS said it is saddening that fingers are being pointed at the faction of the ARS led by Shaykh Sharif even when they have been following the suggestions of the religious leaders while there are others who have rejected their proposals altogether. He said it was unfortunate that they are said to not be following the decisions of the Somali religious leaders.
Ahmad Abdullahi Wayeel said the Djibouti-based ARS which has been actively involved in seeking a solution to the problems facing the Somali people is to be said to have entered into a pact with the TFG which has led Ethiopians into the country.
The statement by the Djibouti-based ARS comes at a time when Somali religious scholars, who were to resolve the conflict between opposition groups, recently issued a statement saying that the Djibouti agreement between the ARS and the TFG is not in line with Islamic teachings. The statement by the religious scholars further said it was wrong to enter into an agreement with the TFG which led enemies into the country while the same enemies are still inside Somalia.
Somalia: President says Djibouti peace agreement clan-centred
President Abdullahi Yusuf has strongly criticized the Djibouti peace talks between the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia led by Shaykh Sharif Shaykh Ahmad.
The president who had an interview with the Arabic language channel of Al-Jazeera TV, said the agreement between Premier Nur Hasan Husayn, alias Nur Adde, and the Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia was serving some personal interests.
The president also said the power-sharing agreement in Djibouti was serving the interest of one Somali clan. However, the went short of naming the clan.
The statement is a denigration of the agreement between the TFG and the Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia, led by Shaykh Sharif, which has been opposed by some forces opposed to the federal government and the presence of foreign troops in the country.
The president's statement comes in the wake of the current serious differences with the prime minister with some of the sticking points being the reconciliation talks which the prime minister has speeded up contrary to the style of leadership of the president of the federal government.
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