Mogadishu, Somalia, November 7, 2009 (SL Times) – The
transitional federal government of Somalia (TFG) and the semiautonomous
regional state of Puntland on Friday discussed ways to cooperate on
security and the recruitment of the government’s new police forces.
During a lengthy meeting at the Puntland presidential house in the
regional capital of Garowe, both sides vehemently welcomed the idea to
establish full cooperation on security, the Somali state minister of
Interior Abdirashid Mohamed Hiddig said here.
“The main point of our mission to Puntland is to discuss how to
strengthen cooperation on security between TFG and the Puntland State of
Somalia,” the state minister told reporters in Garowe Friday.
Since TFG was formed in Nairobi late in 2004, thousands of Somali
government forces were recruited in the Armo police training camp in the
Bari region, Puntand.
Puntland and Somaliland are peaceful in comparison with the troubled
south-central Somali regions where more than half a million people have
been killed for the past 19 years.
Somalia has been without a functioning central government since the 1991
after the downfall of former military ruler late General Mohamed Siyad
Source: APA, November 6, 2009