Somali opposition endorses truce

A Somali opposition coalition endorses a three-month truce to end years of conflict.

    Nur, the prime minister, regrets the number of aid workers killed in Somalia [AFP]

    Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the chief of the ARS, and Nur Hassan Hussein, the Somali interim prime minister, signed agreements at United Nations-sponsored talks in neighbouring Djibouti on June 9.

    Talks included a three-month truce which should have come into force on July 9.

    Ahmed said the alliance, which is based in Eritraea, wanted the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces from Somalia and a deployment of UN troops before implementing the Djibouti agreement.

    Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, an influential religious scholar and senior figure of the opposition Union of Islamic Courts, rejected the Djibouti deal, but is yet to comment on the latest endorsement.

    Wracked by violence

    Somalia had been wracked by violence since the 1991 when Mohamed Siad Barre, the former president, was removed from power.

    The weak interim Somali government brought in Ethiopian forces as military support in late 2006 to fight against the Islamist movement that had control of much of the south and centre of the country.

    These troops have been an unpopular presence and the subject of almost daily attacks. Aid workers have also been targeted in recent months.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.