25 February 2013

Ethiopia: Jubaland Conference Postponed

Clashes between clan militias were reported in Kismayo over the weekend with eleven people killed. The fighting erupted after a clan leader died. It was the worst fighting since Al-Shabaab was expelled from the city by AMISOM and Somali National Forces.

In a statement, Prime Minister Abdi Said Shirdon said the government was "shocked to learn that two fraternal clans are fighting and spilling innocent blood, while residents await the establishment of a regional government," and he called on the two clans to lay down their arms. This morning, Interior and National Security Minister, Abdikarin Hussein Guled, visited the city with a delegation that included a group of MPs. They were apparently on a mission to try to bring peace to the two sides as well as carry out consultations on the way forward for the formation of a Jubaland administration.

A conference on the formation of a regional administration for Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Gedo region (Jubaland) was expected to open this weekend in Kismayo. It has been postponed. The Government has also announced it plans to hold a state formation convention for the people of Jubaland and we are inviting all parties to attend this conference

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