Senior clan elder calls for peace, dialogue in Somalia 2009-02-18 07:21:46   Print

    MOGADISHU, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Mohamed Hassan Had, leader of the largest Somali clan, called on insurgent fighters to make peace with the new Somali leaders.

    Had, who heads the influential Council for Hawiye Clan Unity and Culture, said those who oppose the new Somali government should "take part in the pacification of Mogadishu and talk with the Somali government".

    "There is no need for further wars in Somalia now. I urge everyone not to use the gun to solve differences when we can have dialogue to end your differences," Elder Had, told reporters in Mogadishu.

    On Saturday Somali parliament overwhelmingly approved the nomination of Omar Abdirashid Shermarke as Somali new Prime Minister after he was picked on Friday by the Somali president, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who was himself elected in a parliamentary vote in the neighboring Djibouti last month.

    The hardline Islamist Insurgent movements of Al-Shabaab and the newly formed Hezbul Islam vowed to fight the new Somali leadership.

    The groups' fighters have carried out a number of attacks on Somali government forces and the African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu since the election of Ahmed, the Islamist leader of a former opposition group.

    However, both government forces and the AU peacekeepers have not responded to the attacks on the order of the new president.

    Calls for dialogue to solve the differences between the new administration and the armed groups have bee growing since the election of the new President.

    The New Somali Primer have reportedly said that he was willing to start talks with opposition groups including Al-Shabaab and hinted that he will include them in the Government of National Unity which he is expected to form.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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