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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Robow & Shabaab Refuse Peace Discussions

A spokesman for Somalia’s al Shabaab insurgent group has rejected a peace agreement signed between the country’s interim government and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS).

Muktar Robow “Abu Mansur,” the al Shabaab spokesman, told local radio stations that “the Djibouti Agreement does not concern us [al Shabaab].”

While pledging to continue the insurgency, Abu Mansur said: “The Agreement is false because it cannot stop the bullets.”

He indicated that United Nations peacekeepers or African Union peacekeepers are “no different than Ethiopian troops,” while promising to “continue the jihad until the country [Somalia] is ruled by Islamic law.”

Delegations from Somalia’s interim government and the ARS are currently in Djibouti, where they have established a Joint Political Committee and a Joint Security Committee, which would oversee implementation of the UN-brokered Djibouti Agreement.

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