[dehai-news] (SMN) Eritrea-based Somali leader rejects UN-sponsored peace talks

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Thu Jul 21 2005 - 02:35:12 EDT

Aways rebuffs peace process

Posted: 12/25/2008 8:55:00 AM

Shabelle: SOMALIA

ASMARA(Sh. M. Network)-Sheik Hassan Dahir Aways, the leader of an
Islamist opposition group based in Eritrean capital Asmara rejected an
offer to join the UN-backed peace efforts in Somalia; Radio Shabelle
interviews him on Thursday.
"We will not join any peace efforts until the enemy (Ethiopia) leaves
the country. I do not think Ethiopian troops will leave the country, if
they are withdrawing they would have withdrawn before," Aways told radio
"They are not committed to withdraw from Somalia but they want financial
support to maintain their occupation in Somalia"
Sheik Aways said Somalis must be free from outside intervention to
decide the future of their country.
Sheik Hassan Dahir Aways leads the Asmara based wing of the Alliance for
the Re-liberation of Somalia and had previously refused to be part of
peace deal that was signed in Djibouti between transitional government
and the Djibouti based wing of the alliance led by Sheik Sharif Sheik
Sheik Aways and Sheik Sharif were the leaders of the Islamic Courts
Union in Somalia but they split after Shiek Sharif and his group
reconciled with the transitional government of Somalia.
By: Ahmednor Mohamed Farah

Shabelle Media Network - Source of Somalia News

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