US and its partners seek to mediate political rifts in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia — US and its partners have offered to mediate a rift between Somali government and its state-members after regional leaders announced to have cut all ties with the central government last month in a likely setback to efforts to pacify the Horn of Africa country as it emerges from two decades of conflict.
The US, Swedish and Germany ambassadors to Somalia have hedl talks with leader of Jubaland state of Somalia, Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Ahmed Madobe) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The two sides discussed on current security situation in Somalia, amid rising attacks by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group.
US and its partners is said to be going to mediate a rift between Somali Federal governments and its state members.
Last month, the leaders of Jubaland, Puntland, Southwest, Galmudug and Hirshabelle regions officially cut ties with the federal government “until all the previous agreements are implemented”, according to a statement.
The Federal government was also accused of “interfering” regional issues and “failed” to manage security of the country, said in the statement.
The move by the regional leaders seems a potentially political setback in Somalia, amid on-going efforts to make peace in the war-revenged country.
“We have suspended all cooperation with the federal government over lack of political progress, failure to build national security architecture, “politicisation” of National Intelligence functions and lack of sharing of national income and international aid”, the memo said.
The regional leaders, who have been meeting in Kismayo town, some 500km south of Mogadishu since Tuesday had raised concerns about funding from the Federal Government, reiterating earlier accusations of inadequate support.
In a similar meeting in May held in Baidoa town, the leaders claimed that they were not getting a share of international aid to the Federal Government and called donors to separate funds.