March 12, 2005

ANOTHER NEST BEING CLEANED:

Somali Clan Offer to Withdraw From Capital (RODRIQUE NGOWI, 3/12/05, AP)

Warlords and lawmakers from a clan that controls the Somali capital offered to withdraw 15,000 militia fighters from Mogadishu to guarantee the security of the country's transitional government as it returns from exile in Kenya.

Somalia has been without a central government since clan-based warlords overthrow the dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. They then turned on each other, sinking the Horn of Africa nation of 7 million into clan-based anarchy.

Some 61 lawmakers, including warlords-turned-Cabinet ministers, also pledged Saturday to disarm the fighters, demobilize others and surrender weapons and ammunition to an interim force planned to stabilize the anarchic nation ahead of a larger peacekeeping force.

The militia will be quartered in six camps outside Mogadishu, some three months after lawmakers return to the city, Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Mohamed Aidid said. The government is based in Kenya because the Somali capital is considered unsafe.

"But there is a condition that troops from neighboring countries (Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya) should not take part in the relocation plan of the government," said Aidid, a former U.S. Marine.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2005 11:21 PM
Comments

Couldn't they be moving their militia out so the news media doesn't get a good look at how young they are?

Posted by: NKR at March 13, 2005 10:43 AM
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