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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Promising development in Somalia?

Maybe some form of peace is breaking out in Somalia. See here:
Islamic leaders in Somalia have agreed to form a joint army and police force with the country's interim government.

The deal has been reached at peace talks between the two parties in Sudan, and although international peacekeepers were rejected by the Islamists, this deal may signify their willingness to work together to create a functioning country.

Islamic courts have taken control of the capital Mogadishu, and much of the south, while the interim government has little power and is virtually hemmed in in the town of Baidoa.

The United States has accused the Islamists of being linked to al-Qaeda, but others say they seem to have brought order to parts of Somalia for the first time in years.
Of course, there was also a "peace deal" back in June- see here.

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