Shariif Hassan and Sheikh Sharif
By Aweys Osman Yusuf
Mogadishu, Somalia, 11 November 2006- The powerful Union of Islamic Courts in Somalia and the government’s parliamentary delegations, who have had peace talks going on in the capital Mogadishu last week, have finally signed a peace accord.
A communiqué issued at the Union of Islamic Courts center in Mogadishu read to the press by the Courts foreign affairs secretary, Ibrahim Addow, said they have agreed up on seven items in the peace deal.
- To proceed the Khartoum peace talks between the government and the Courts. Arab League and the Sudanese government must organize the talks.
- To defuse all sensitive issues that may trigger racial feuds.
- To preserve and enforce Khartoum peace deals dated from 22/6/2006, 4/9/2006.
- To avert foreign intervention in Somalia’s internal affairs and inspire the reconciliation by letting Somalis solve their own conflict.
- Both delegations have agreed that the international community and the UN should not lift the arms embargo on Somalia. If the embargo is lifted, it may give rise to an all-out war that will affect the entire region.
- To conserve the unity of the Somali people.
- Both groups have complimented Kenyan government and its people for showing nice neighborhood and for taking a good care of the Somali refugees in the Kenyan soil.
Sheik Omar Iman Abokar, the acting chair of Islamic Courts judiciary council, has signed the deal while Omar Hashi Aden, member of the government’s parliament delegation, has signed the peace accord with the Islamists in the capital of Mogadishu.
The revival of the talks between the government and the Islamists came after both groups failed to sit at the negotiating table in Sudan as they presented conditions before the opening of the talks.
Somalia has had no government since 1991 when tribal warlords toppled former president Siad Barre.