Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Somalia: 'Mogadishu conflict is business for African peacekeepers': TFG official


Mr. Ahmed Da'i, the district commissioner of Mogadishu's Wadajir district, told reporters Monday that Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia officials and AMISOM peacekeepers "want the conflict to continue."
"It is not a war to bombard civilian centers with missiles each day. War is where one group defeats another, but AMISOM troops who help the TFG have made this [conflict] a business," Wadajir DC Mr. Da'i said during a Monday press conference.
Wadajir is a district located in Mogadishu's southwestern part and is home to TFG troops who have pushed back Al Shabaab during a number of insurgent offensives to seize the district.
There are no AMISOM peacekeepers based in Wadajir district, but AMISOM troops are based in districts surrounding Wadajir.
"The countries contributing troops to AMISOM must withdraw their troops if they are not helping win the war, and they must remember that if this conflict in Somalia continues, then the war will come to their doors," said Mr. Da'i.
Uganda and Burundi are the only African countries to have contributed troops to the 8,000-strong AMISOM force deployed since March 2007 to bolster the weak TFG in Mogadishu.Read More

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