MOGADISHU, Nov 11–An official in charge of planning for Somalia Liberation Coalition has blasted the country’s struggling parties for sealing a reconciliation accord in the Saudi city of Jeddah on the initiative of Saudi King Abdullah.
Speaking to Alalam, Mahmoud Ahmad Nour said participants in the Jeddah meeting did not represent Somali people and were chosen by the caretaker government “therefore the agreement lacks any validity”.
He argued that the agreement did not get to the roots of the problem in the Horn of Africa country.
The Somali capital Mogadishu has been the scene of intermittent but bloody battles between Ethiopian forces and Islamists.
Nour criticized Arab nations for their inattention to the fierce events in Somalia and said Arab nations are reeling under the US dominance and people are kept in the dark about the country.
Nour referred to the US-financed Ethiopian troops deployed in Somalia and said the US is responsible for atrocities in the country.
He urged unconditional withdrawal of foreign forces and condemned Ethiopian President Girma Weledgiorgs for receiving 6 million dollars from the US “to slaughter his own nation and Somali people.”
According to UN figures, an estimated 850,000 Somali civilians have been displaced this year by the deadly violence across the country.