new government of President Abdiqassim Salat Hassan has offered
an olive branch to all the warring groups to bring about everlasting
peace in the country, Prime Minister Ali Khalif Galayadh said
at the weekend.
of the Horn newspaper, which is published in Nairobi by the
Central Africa News Agency, quoted Galayadh as arguing that
the fragmentation of Somalia is not in the interest of Somalis
or the international community. Somalia has for the past decade
been involved in a bloody inter-clan civil strife, in which
several warlords have been fighting for the control of the
country since the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991.
is currently working towards the reconstruction of Somalia
and is very encouraged by the support we have had so far from
the Somali businessmen, the donor community and the friends
of Somalia," he said.
warned the warring groups that the government would not show
any leniency to anybody encouraging or inciting chaos.
not initiate confrontation, but we will defend our country
as best we can," he said. He said his government knows the
groups currently fighting it and those responsible for two
recent assassinations in his country. "I wish to remind those
interested in destabilising the present establishment that
the government is enjoying great support from a majority of
Somalis. And if they try to fight the government, they will
be properly resisted," he warned.
those bent on killing the administrators of the government
as terrorists, murderers and assassins. He called on the press
to refer to them as such. Galayadh, who had just ended an
official visit to Kenya where he held fruitful talks with
President Daniel arap Moi, said he was happy that Somalia's
neighbours are supportive of his new government. Many embassies
would soon be opened in Mogadishu, he added.
the talks, which included Kenya's Foreign Minister Bonaya
Godana, the two countries agreed to reopen their embassies
in each other's capitals. He said his government was motivated
by the support, and pledged his government's protection for
diplomats and political support," he said. He said Hassan
was working towards closer ties with Ethiopia and had held
talks with President Meles Zenawi. "Ethiopia has certain concerns,
and we cannot afford mistakes and misunderstanding with Ethiopia,"
thanked Djibouti for her patience in helping Somalia by organising
and hosting the Arta talks that ushered in the new government
in Somalia. "This has helped us to get out of a very difficult
situation that no one else wanted to concern oneself with,"
not know of any country that would be willing to do what Djibouti
did for us. Right now Somalia is back on the right path to
peace and progress and wants to rejoin the Inter- Governmental
Authority on Development (IGAD) and the other regional organisations,"