Calm Restored But Tension Strive In Somalia In The Wake Of Security Forces Clashes
Calm has returned to the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday morning after deadly clashes between pro-opposition and pro-government forces on Sunday as rival forces remain in their positions Fighting outside the residence of Wadajir party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur calmed Sunday night after Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble urged for a ceasefire in a phone call with opposition leaders. Roble urged Abdirahman Abdishakur and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to convince their supporters to observe a cease-fire and promised to pull back government soldier to pull back government troops who launched the attack. Speaking to the media Prime Minister Roble called for dialogue to end the stand-off in Mogadishu saying he was saddened by the violence. ''I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that has disrupted security in the capital. I believe that dialogue is the best solution open to us, a process that I have begun and hope for success,'' said PM Roble. Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Abdirahman Abdishakur blamed the attack on the countries incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo saying he would be held responsible. ''It is very unfortunate that an army under the command of the former president attacked my residence. I have already warned and reiterated the dangers of politicizing security. Farmajo is responsible for the consequences,'' Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh tweeted. EU and UK condemned the violence in the capital, calling on the rival sides to resolve their differences at negotiating table. ''Highly concerned about the ongoing events in Mogadishu. The general interest requests maximum restraint, preserve institutions that belong to all and dialogue. Violence is unacceptable. Those responsible will be held accountable.'' said EU Ambassador to Somalia Nicolas Berlanga.