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US Pushes For All-Inclusive Somali Talks

ISSUE 261
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Rising Tension In The Eastern Border Between Somaliland And Puntland

Letter To Somaliland’s President About His Unequal Battle With Newspaper

Mortars Hit Somalia's Presidential Palace

U.S. Optimistic on Direction Somalia Is Taking, Official Says

Somali Authorities Holding 'Some 50 Foreign Nationals'

Abdillahi Yusuf May Ask Somaliland To Give Up Disputed Regions In Return For Independence

Eritrean President Says AU Mission in Somalia Doomed to Failure

Ethiopia 'Set For Somali Pullout'

In Somaliland, Jailed Journalists Prosecuted Under Archaic Criminal Law

Regional Affairs

Somaliland Warns Of Regional War

Targeting Oromo Citizens In Somalia Is An Act Of Ethnic Cleansing

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Washington Admits Role In Illegal War: US Troops Took Part In Invasion Of Somalia

U.S. Disappointed By Somali Parliament's Move To Oust Speaker

The Post's Stewart Bell in Somalia

At the UN, Silence on Somalia and ICTY Pardon Request, Confidence on Kosovo

Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

Death and despair the 'benefits' of war on terror

Doctors Without Borders says Somalia Lacking Any Health Infrastructure

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Bush War In Africa

Somalis Pin Peace Hopes On Yemen

''Somalia's Political Future Appears To Be Its Pre-Courts Past''

Illegal Acts In Africa

Somalia: Theatre Of Proxy Wars

THE OIL FACTOR IN SOMALIA

Food for thought

Opinions

The Predicament of Oromos in Somalia

Australian Scientist On A Short Visit To Amoud University

The Gadabuursi Manifesto

Seeds Of Dictatorship?

The True Inside Story About Southern Somalia

The Last Will And Testament Of The Last Somali Man Standing

We Are All In This Disgrace!

Free The Haatuf Journalists Now: This Is The Time All Of Us Need To Speak In One Voice!

Comments By Jamal Gabobe


Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 17, 2007 – U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger told reporters in Nairobi that the $40 million that the U.S. has given Somalia recently for peace and development efforts will not be effective unless Somalia is stable and the government (TFG)   reaches out to the people, including the Islamists.

"We are putting a lot of pressure on the TFG for dialogue and outreach," he said. "They need to build unity in their own government, but it is also dialogue with all segments of the population. We have indicated, for example, that someone like Sheikh Sharif, if he wanted to play a positive role, that that should be a possibility. He is a recognized moderate, and a respected figure, and there may be other moderates who were associated with the Islamic Courts who could play a significant role in the future of the country."

Ranneberger says this dialogue and other necessary changes will not happen overnight, and that the United States and others should not, in his words, "write off the efforts of the transitional government."

The U.S. ambassador addressed journalists on recent developments in Somalia, following the ouster of the Islamic Courts Union and U.S. policy towards the volatile nation.

The U.S. recently launched an air strike on a southern Somalia location believed to be a hideout for al-Qaida members.

Ranneberger told reporters he thinks the air strike was successful, despite the fact the three al-Qaida people being targeted by the strike escaped.

"It did achieve its goal," he added. "One part of what we are doing in Somalia is to apprehend preferably, but also obviously kill, foreign terrorists who have perpetrated terrorist attacks against Americans and other people around the world."

Eight people who the U.S. ambassador calls "significant" were killed.

Meanwhile, in Somalia, the transitional parliament voted out its speaker, Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden, by a vast majority. Lawmakers were upset with Aden primarily, because he held unauthorized peace talks with the Islamic Courts Union last year.

Source: VOA

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