IGAD ministers upbeat over Somali military progress

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - East African foreign ministers are upbeat about the progress made by Somali government troops in taking territorial control over various parts of Mogadishu.

The Ministers, under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which met on the sidelines of the Executive Council meeting of the African Union, however called for more military assistance, saying countries which have pledged troops contributions should meet their pledges urgently.

The Ministers also called for enhanced military aid to Somalia’s forces to enable them to further liberate areas in Mogadishu still under the control of Islamist insurgents.

In recent weeks, African Union troops, fighting alongside the Somali government troops and the moderate Islamist group Ahlu Wasunaa WalJamaa fighters, have moved to seize control over strategic locations in parts of Mogadishu.

The urban fighting in recent times have expanded the area under the government’s control.

The IGAD ministers urged the UN and the AU to immediately move their staff into Somalia to enable them assist the Somali government in its military planning.

They also welcomed the signing of the Kampala Accord, which extended the government’s tenure in power by another year until elections are held.

The Ministers said the formation of the new Somali cabinet was urgent in keeping with the Kampala Accord.

Somalia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali should move swiftly to form a new cabinet, in line with the recently signed Kampala Accord, which extended the government’s lifeline by another year, the ministers said in a communiqué released here Wednesday.
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30 Junho 2011 07:40:34

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