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Somali speaker survived plane crash


Reports from Bosaso, Puntland semi autonomous state in northeast region of Somalia say the speaker of the Somali parliament Sharif Hassan Sheik Adam has escaped unharmed after the plane he was on board turned off the runway in Bosaso airstrip on Sunday.

Sources say the plane which is registered to local private company came with technical hitch after its landing gear malfunctioned and swerved off the road and ran into rough way.

The incident that speaker of Somali parliament shocked the people in airfield waiting there to welcome him but he survived luckily

The pilots of the airplane, (Mudan airline) owned by businessman Khalif Isse Mudan, were suddenly arrested and questioned them about the cause the incident. As one of aviation officials in Bosaso told local media.

The authorities of Puntland said they apologized to Mr. Sharif for the unintentional incident. He was shocked and visibly shaken after the accident.

The Sharif’s trip to Bosaso was about to resolve the rising standoff between president of Puntland Adde Muse Hersi and Somali prime minister Ali Mohamed Gedi.

Sharif Hassan has held intensive talks with Puntland leader Adde Muse in which the media not allowed to witness.

Meanwhile other sources say the speaker of Somali parliament went Bosaso to load packages of published note of billions of Somali Shillings owned by the transitional federal government. Most businesses do not treat such notes as counter freight and do not accept.

Somali Interior Minister speaks for the first time

The interior minister and also the deputy prime minister of the Transitional Federal Government Hussein Mohamed Aideed has for the first time talked about the violence in Mogadishu.

Aideed said he was deeply concerned about the clashes in the capital which causes the death many innocent people, urging both warring parts of Islamic militiamen and secular anti terror alliance to comply with ceasefire calls.

"I am sorry about what is happening in Mogadishu, it is misfortune that fighting resumed in Somalia after 15 years of crisis, I appeal to all sides to stop the battle and come to the negotiation table to sort out their conflict," said Hussein Aideed who is in Dubai of UAE, where he said doing national activity for the TFG.

In interview with Somali Horn Afrik Radio in Mogadishu overnight, Mr. Aideed denied that US government had involvements in Mogadishu's clashes. "I have no information that Americans funded Somali leaders to fight against terror cells in Somalia. That is baseless assertions" Aideed said adding "there are no terrorists currently available in Somalia, the Islamic courts are not terrorists, and they are working on the peace and tranquility as relevant with the charter of the transitional federal government,"

"The US government had several times contacted the government of Somalia and there no lists on wanted terror suspects they submitted so I can say Washington has nothing in common with faction leaders,' he said.

But Aideed's comments are contradicting with his earlier remarks that he mentioned Somalia became haven for terrorist cells who might be threaten to the stability of the horn of African nation.

He has raise about the call of the prime minister on opposition ministers to rejoin the cabinet to participate the national efforts to reconciliation and rebuilding the country.

When asked about the clashes in the capital, Aideed said both rival sides are criminals committing genocide on innocents and Both Islamic courts and anti terror alliance are responsible the crisis in the capital.

He stressed the fighting between Islamic militiamen and anti terror alliance were absolutely pointless and both of them are justifying for their contracts to fuel war and killing civilians who had been suffering for the last 15 years.

"The premier has the right to call all the absent ministers from the cabinet but my absence is aware of by all the top officials in the government, I am away for national doings and my private interest," he said adding that he will arrive in Baidoa, the temporarily capital for the Somali government on 15 June and then he will transit to the capital Mogadishu to maintain his missions of the interior ministry.

Hussein Aideed who has American citizenship also said he does not recognize the alliance for restoration of peace and counter terrorism (ARPCT) describing it as non sense to the current situation in Somalia, that Somali society need peace and security.

"Peace is the most important thing that international community always tells us to establish it, even the Americans give considers democracy, freedom and peace, so I suggest to all Somalis to work out peace and also work with their government now stationing in Baidoa," he said.

Hussein Aideed, the son of late Mohamed Farah Aideed who fought against US troops Mogadishu, killing 18 US soldiers in 1993, controls key positions in the capital like former presidential palace where supporters of his father's organization SNA (Somali National Alliance) are dominant.

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