Somali opposition endorses truce with government

Islamists who had rejected the deal -- led by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, had yet to comment on Saturday's endorsement, which was part of talks that run until Thursday in Djibouti.

Somali opposition endorses truce with government

Somalia's opposition coalition on Saturday endorsed a truce with the country's transitional government amid efforts to end 17 years of bloodshed, a representative said.

Suleiman Olad Roble, spokesman for the Eritrea-based Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), said that a 106-strong majority of the 191 ARS central committee members "fully endorse the agreement."

"It is a great victory for the leadership of the alliance and for those who signed the agreement," he added.

"The alliance is ready to fully implement its part of the deal and calls on the other parties to do so."

The chief of the ARS, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, and Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein signed agreements at United Nations-sponsored talks in Djibouti on June 9 that included a three-month truce, which should have come into force on July 9.

However, Ahmed said earlier on Saturday that the alliance wanted the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces from the Horn of Africa nation and a deployment of UN forces before implementing the Djibouti agreement.

Islamists who had rejected the deal -- led by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, had yet to comment on Saturday's endorsement, which was part of talks that run until Thursday in Djibouti.

Agencies

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