held talks on Wednesday with Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh as part of a
bid by the Arab state to help peace efforts in Somalia
A Yemeni official told Reuters the militia leaders, Hussein Aideed and Osman Ali
Atto, were due to meet Saleh again later on Wednesday. He would not give details
on the talks.
He also said the two were due to hold talks with representatives of Somalia's
newly-elected President Abdiqassim Salad Hassan in the Yemeni capital.
But he added the Somali president's envoys have not arrived in Sanaa yet. Yemen
has said it was trying to help with the peace efforts in Somalia.
arrival on Tuesday in Yemen of the two warlords followed a statement in Nairobi
that the new president had opened talks with Aideed and Atto in a bid to smooth
over differences and begin governing the fractured nation. Abdiqassim Salad was
elected last weekend by Somalia's new parliament, which was set up in neighbouring
Djibouti as part of a peace conference sponsored by Djibouti.
Somalia's main warlords have said they would not back any new government coming
from the Djibouti conference and warned that they would block it from taking office
spokesman for Aideed had however said there was room for negotiation.
and Ali Atto both have their strongholds in south Mogadishu. Somalia has been
without a central government since 1991, when former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre
was ousted and the country dissolved into civil war and anarchy, with clan-based
factions carving out rival fiefdoms.
militia leaders say the new Somali parliament is not legitimate because it includes
too many former officials of the Siad Barre regime.
Salad served as deputy prime minister and interior minister under Siad Barre.