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Somali PM Downbeat On Talks After "Extremist" Takeover

ISSUE 245
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Police Quells Protest Sparked By Picture Purporting To Be Of Terror Suspect Undergoing Torture

1st Deputy Speaker Visits Seattle

Somalia's Islamic militia seizes village

Specialists Urge US To Focus On Somali Strife

The Growth Of Militant Islamism In East Africa

Unease as Islamists take over Somalia

Somaliland Govt Fears Country May Fall To Islamists

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Eritrea , Ethiopia U.N. mission extended

Uganda Says It Is Committed To Peace In Somalia

Kenya Seeks More Help For Chaotic Somalia

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The Strange CIA Coup in Somalia

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US Continues Covert Action In Somalia

Somalia: Spiraling Toward War

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Get Ethiopian Troops Out Of Somalia

Winning Hearts, Minds in Djibouti

''Somalia's Islamists Resume Their Momentum And Embark On A Diplomatic Path''

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UNISA At Washington Somaliland Conference

Drugs Threat To Somali Youths

Ethiopian Meddling In Somalia Counterproductive

The Book Hugo Chavez Should Have Held Up

Islamists Calm Somali Capital With Restraint

BORN TO RULE

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Security Threat To Somaliland From Islamic Courts

“I Am Not Surprised If One Of My Elder Members (Guurti) Had Used The Silly Tricky Words Of (Qodobadaasi Xeer Kale Ayaa Qeexi Doona).”

Muslim World's Tyranny Of Community Censorship

Will UPDF's Somalia Deployment Open Uganda To Al-Qaeda?

It Is No Easy Task Solving The Somalia Question

Somalia: International Religious Freedom Report 2006

The Theory of Backwardness and Somalia/Somaliland Political Stage


NAIROBI, Sept 25, 2006 – Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi said on Monday he was pessimistic about peace talks with rival Islamists after they seized a strategic port city in what he termed an expansion of "extremists and terrorists".

Islamist forces took over the southern town of Kismayo on Monday, later opening fire towards residents who burnt tires, threw stones and chanted to protest against the takeover. The Western-backed government, which is based in the provincial town of Baidoa, denounced the Kismayo takeover as a breach of an agreement reached during peace talks in Sudan to halt further military expansion.

"We were committed and are still committed (to the talks), but fighting from one hand and negotiations from the other cannot continue," Gedi told a news conference in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

"Already they have broken the agreements, the ceasefire, killing the people of Somalia, displacing them. So I don't see any positive approach to continue dialogue with those who are killing the people of Somalia."

The Islamists and government were next due to meet in Khartoum at the end of October, but it is unclear whether that round will now go ahead.

Gedi appealed to the international community to help Somalia against what he called dangerous radicals among the Islamists.

"It's an expansion of extremists and terrorists -- it will not only affect Somalia but the whole region," he said.

"The transitional federal government promises and calls upon the Somali people to prepare to defend themselves," he added.

The Islamists' advances since June have challenged the aspirations of President Abdillahi Yusuf's interim government, the 14th attempt at effective central rule since warlords ousted a dictator in 1991.

Analysts fear that if the Islamist-government standoff deteriorates into conflict, it could spark a major regional war in the Horn of Africa.

Source: Reuters


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