Somalia's new government has welcomed
calls by neighboring countries for the United Nations to impose an air and sea
blockade to prevent hard line Islamic insurgents from easily getting access to
weapons and fighters.
Mogadishu also said
it was pleased with the fact that neighboring countries constituting the Inter
Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
have called for
sanctions on neighboring Eritrea for supporting Somali insurgents.
often accused Eritrea of supporting hard line Islamic insurgents including
al-Shabaab who have vowed to eventually take over the country through violence.
Eritrea denies the charges as unfounded.
Abdi Kadir Walayo is the spokesman for
the Somali government. He told VOA that Mogadishu is grateful for the support
shown by IGAD.
government welcomes that decision and it will help also to curtail those
elements who engaged in subversive acts against the government and detrimental
to the stability and the security of this country," Walayo said.
said Mogadishu feels vindicated by IGAD's call for the United Nations to impose
sanctions on neighboring Eritrea for its support of hard line Islamic
insurgents including al-Shabaab.
as you are aware to the fact that the internal security minster of Somalia had
weeks ago leveled these accusations to Eritrea," he said.
said Asmara has often refused to recognize the new Somali administration.
has nakedly accused that there is no government in Somalia. And it was denying
completely the incumbent government and because of that hostile position taken
by Eritrea government, the (Somali) government supports that decision
(sanctions) Vis a Vis to Asmara," Walayo said.
said Mogadishu supports organizations including aid groups who are there to be
helping the ordinary Somali adversely affected by the insurgency of the hard
government has imposed any restrictions about flights intended for humanitarian
grounds to the ports to the many people scattered throughout the country… that
blockade will not touch the humanitarian assistance," he said.
said the government has plans to restore peace to the country after at least 18
years without an effective government which led to a deterioration of
government position is so clear and now the government is busy with
restructuring the security agencies of the country," Walayo said.
said the government has set in motion moves to restore peace in Somalia.
is a national security plan now in process and there is training program for
the Somali security forces. There are some who have returned from abroad like
Uganda and also like Sudan and these people may take part on the maintenance of
peace and security in the country," he said.
said it was too early to know when the United Nations would implement
suggestions of IGAD to impose sanctions on neighboring Eritrea among others.
cannot predict what will happen, but this agreement reached by IGAD members I
think is the best to pressurize the UN Security Council to adopt the IGAD
entity which I think they will present through the African Union to the
Security Council desk," he said.
has been a United Nations arms embargo on Somalia for many years although
indications are that weapons are readily available for hard line Islamic
insurgents who are determined to overthrow the Somali government.
has been without an effective government since 1991 after former President
Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown through a coup d'état, which effectively led
to a deterioration of security in the capital, Mogadishu and the entire
clashes instigated by Islamic hard liners including al-Shabaab has led to at
least three million people dead and scores injured with increasing internally
by Washington as a terrorist organization with strong ties to Al Qaeda,
al-Shabaab has refused to recognize the new Somali government vowing to
violently take over the country and impose the strict form of the Islamic