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UN envoy urges Somalis to bring crisis to an end

Posted by African Press International on September 26, 2007

Mogadishu (Somalia) During his first tour of the county since he was appointed earlier this month the new United Nations envoy to Somalia, Mr. Ahmedou Abdallah has called on the Somalis to end their protracted problems through peaceful means.

During the tour, Mr. Abdullah met with President Ahmed Yusuf, Prime Minister Mohammed Gedi, the parliament speaker Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nor and other politicians, including the chairman of the recently concluded national reconciliation conference Ali Mahdi Mohamed.

According to the secretary general of the foreign ministry of the transitional federal government Mr. Jama Ali Mj, the UN envoy has discussed several issues with the leadership, among them security, human rights as well as the looming humanitarian crisis in the country.

Even though Abdullah said he had no preconceived ideas relating to his trip, he wanted to listen and observe the facts on the ground.

Meanwhile, he has accused the countrys elite of being responsible for the sufferings of their people, urging them to come together and put the war behind them, as many other African countries have done.

Somalis have the primary responsibility to solve their own problems and the UN is here to help, he said.

Abdullah added that no one would come to Somalia, if there was peace, apart from tourists, businessmen and diplomats. I do not think Somalia should be a case study for conflict, he added.

Published by Korir, API*APN source.apa

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