Monday, May 26, 2003

SOMALIA: Premier says rift over as he heads to Mogadishu
NAIROBI, 26 May 2003 (IRIN) - The prime minister of the Transitional National Government (TNG) of Somalia, Hasan Abshir Farah, is expected to leave for the capital, Mogadishu, on Monday, from Nairobi, where he is attending the Somali peace talks.

Abshir's decision to go home follows "intensive discussions and consultations between him and the president to end their differences", a TNG source told IRIN.

The prime minister had earlier admitted that there were differences between him and President Abdiqassim Salad Hassan, but he described them as "minor", stressing that they did not amount to a split within the TNG. "These are differences of opinion on minor issues which we are now in the process of resolving," he told IRIN last month.

On Monday, Abshir told IRIN that "everything has now been resolved and we are united". He said the aim of his trip was to brief the president and the rest of his government on the peace talks. "We will then come back to talks as one united single entity," he added. MORE

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