Thursday, June 17, 2010

Daily Nation:- Africa


Islamist tells of Somali deal violation

Posted Thursday, June 17 2010 at 18:23
Sheikh Omar Abdulkadir, the Chief of the Consultative Council of Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea, a moderate Islamist group in Somalia, has accused the Transitional Federal Government of not honouring an agreement signed by both parties in March this year.
Sheikh Abdulkadir told the local media yesterday that the TFG and Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea signed an accord in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the African Union.
The terms of the agreement, according to the sheikh, compelled the government and the mainly moderate Sufis Islamists to unite their armies and political leverage in order to confront the radical Islamists in Somalia, namely Al-Shabaab and Hizbu Islam.
He outlined that his movement sent a delegation to Mogadishu in order to hold power-sharing talks with the government.
Necessary details
The clergyman emphasised that the Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea submitted all the necessary details from its side including appointees for positions, but he accused the government led by President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of not responding adequately.
“We have done everything within our powers to respect the agreement with the government,” said Sheikh Abdulkadir.

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