Somalia’s prime minister told The Associated Press that war in the Horn of Africa is unavoidable because radicals control the Islamic movement that in recent months has taken over much of his country.
Prime Minister Ali Gedi indicated war was imminent, but said his government will continue to take part in all peace efforts. In the interview late Monday, he added that his government was preparing to defend itself against attacks by the Council of Islamic Courts, as the movement that has taken over most of southern Somalia is known…
Gedi said the most radical leaders within the courts have taken control of the movement and they will not take peace talks seriously.
“They are the decision makers now,” he added. “Those who believe that the situation in Somalia will be solved through dialogue and talks are wrong.”
He said the Islamic forces included more than 3,000 foreign fighters, echoing similar statements made by a U.N. panel investigating violations of an arms embargo that has been in place since 1992, when the last effective central government in Somalia collapsed.
I hope someone asks Secretary-designate Gates about Somalia.