African leaders still seeking 4,000 troops for Somalia peacekeeping.
Frazer said: “Somalia, unfortunately, has become a haven for terrorists, and that continues to be a prime concern of the United States of America.”
Hussein Mohammed Noor, a Somali analyst, told Al Jazeera: “I think if Mrs Frazer wants to achieve a peaceful situation in Somalia, she can do it, because America has the capacity.”
War crimes fears
Earlier, an EU conflict expert warned that Ethiopian and Somali forces may have committed war crimes during heavy artillery shelling in the capital, and that foreign donors could be complicit.
“The situation is Somalia has gone from bad to worse after the intervention of Ethiopian troops”
Abed, Kumasi, Ghana
The warning was made in an email to Eric van der Linden, the chief EU official for Kenya and Somalia.
“The European Commission is now very concerned about any allegations of war crimes and they are going to look into those alleagtions themselves,” Tom Porteous, director of Human Rights Watch, said.
Meanwhile, Somalia’s foreign minister announced that a reconciliation conference planned for April 16 has been postponed until May.
Ismail Mohamed Hurre also told a pan-Arab newspaper that the Union of Islamic Courts, which controlled much of central and southern Somalia until late December, would not be invited to the delayed conference.
He told Asharq Al-Awsat there was “no question of any involvement of or participation by the Islamic courts.
“When we arrive at a constitutional phase, they can found a political party.”
Somalia needs around $42.2m to organise the conference, but some potential donors have made aid conditional on moderate Islamists abeing invited.