14 May 2009

Somalia: AU Says Mogadishu is Manageable

Mogadishu — The African Union mission in Somalia known as AMISOM said Thursday that Mogadishu city was controllable.

The spokesman of AMISOM Barigye Ba-Hoko told Shabelle Media that he did not see anything different in Mogadishu referring to the latest fighting between government soldiers and Islamists in the capital.

He said that there is no need that people to panic and the situation is manageable.

"Well, as AMISOM we do not see anything new in Mogadishu, it is the same experience we had for two years, it is the same situation. The insurgents launch attacks and then they cool down and I have no doubt that the situation will be the same," said Mr. Barigye

Asked about that the rebels are advancing to the presidential palace he replied that it was propaganda to demoralize the government soldiers and frighten the population.

"I am not worried at all that our mission in Somalia is failed and I can tell you that this is the first mission that has succeeded in staying this country for over two years, there is no other previous mission that has never stayed in Somalia for more than six months," Barigye said answering about a question that AMISOM is worried about that their mission in Somali has failed.

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