provisional government accused Ethiopia on Friday of sending
a convoy of arms and ammunition to opposition warlords to
destabilize the fledgling administration.
of a dozen lorries carrying weapons and escorted by more than
150 armed militiamen in pick-up trucks mounted with heavy
machine guns, or "technicals," arrived in the capital Mogadishu
on Thursday night, according to witnesses.
were delivered to the headquarters of Muse Sudi Yalahow in
southwest Mogadishu, one of the warlords who met in Ethiopia
in March to establish a rival government to the new administration
of President Abdiqassim Salad Hassan.
close to Muse Sudi said the arms were delivered as a gift
of the Ethiopian government and included AK-47 and M-16 assault
rifles as well as grenades and anti-personnel mines.
Interior Minister Dahir Dayah told journalists that similar
weapons had been delivered to the Rahanwein Resistance Army,
another opposition faction operating in the Bay and Bakol
regions of southern Somalia.
called on the international community to take note of Ethiopia's
efforts to undermine his government.
government was established after a long meeting of clan leaders
in Arta in neighboring Djibouti last year, to become the anarchic
country's first internationally recognized administration
in nearly a decade. But it still only controls pockets of
territory within Somalia and is opposed by many of the country's
say Ethiopia is nervous of any strong government in its neighbor
and rival and suspicious of perceived Islamic fundamentalist
influences in Abdiqassim's government.
militiamen kidnapped ten aid workers in Mogadishu in late
March in an apparent attempt to show that Abdiqassim's administration
was not in control of the capital.All
were later released.