11 May 2009

Somalia: President Talks About Mogadishu Fighting

Somalia — Somalia's president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed has talked about the fighting in Mogadishu for the first time on Monday.

The president held a press conference in the presidential palace in Mogadishu and said that his government was making peace efforts to avoid any more violence in the capital.

The president said there were people who made the wars in Mogadishu as career but the government was trying its best to avoid more bloodshed.

"We tell the Somali people that the government is making efforts to stop the fighting and work for the interest of the people, but unfortunately people who made the wars career and do not want a government are wrecking havoc in the country," president Sheik Sharif said.

He also said that the government will defend its existence. The president talked about opposition groups who negotiated with the government but he said the rebel side failed to continue the negotiation.

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