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Issue 466 -- 1st-6th January 2011

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An-24 Plane Crew With 3 Russians Released In Somaliland

U.S. Issues Travel Warning For Somaliland & Somalia

Local and Regional Affairs

Ethiopia Exerting Maximum Effort Towards Success Of Referendum In Sudan

Somali PM Asked To Suspend Agreement With Security Firm Saracen
Somalia: Not Much Changed In 2010
 ‘The West Stole From Us,’ Says Kenyan Politician
Dutch Free Last Of 12 Somali Terrorism Suspects


The Reasons Behind Egypt’s Losing Streak

Features & Commentary

International News


Harawo, Awdal & Sayla Websites Propaganda Should Stop Or It Would Lead To The Demise Of This Great Nation
SSC Top Terror Chief Still ‘On the Run’

Somali PM Asked To Suspend Agreement With Security Firm Saracen

Mogadishu, Somalia, January 01, 2011 (SL Times) – Somali lawmakers on Thursday demanded suspension of the work of international security firm Saracen in the war-torn country and called on Prime Minister Mohamed Abdillahi to explain government deals with the firm in four weeks' time.
There has been growing controversy over the security firm since it emerged its involvement in the training of an anti-piracy force in the semi-autonomous northeastern Somali state of Puntland.
The Somali premier who was summoned before parliament to explain the agreement it has entered with the South Africa-based international security firm Saracen.
The premier told lawmakers that the government of former prime minister Sharmarkeh signed the deal with the firm to provide training and logistics for local forces and protection to senior Somali government officials.
Lawmakers asked the premier to suspend the work of the firm for the next four weeks until the government of Abdillahi can give the parliament further details of the agreement with the firm.
It has recently surfaced that the security firm was training local anti-piracy force in Puntland with the funding of an unnamed "Muslim country."
Both the U.S. government and African Union peacekeeping forces in Somalia expressed opposition to the move, while lawmakers have been skeptical about the deals saying it affronts "the sovereignty of Somalia."
Source: Xinhua



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