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Thursday, 8 March, 2001, 07:07 GMT
Somalia again accuses Ethiopia
Hussein Aidid
Hussein Aidid is one of the warlords in Ethiopia
Somalia's transitional government has reacted angrily to the talks taking place among its political opponents in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Prime Minister Ali Khalif Gallaydh accused Ethiopia's government of intervening in Somalia's internal affairs and said Ethiopia should stop trying to undermine the Somali government.


Ethiopia cannot be the architect of how Somalia should reconcile

Prime Minister Ali Khalif Gallaydh
Several warlords and faction leaders are seeking some form of united opposition to the first government in Somalia for 10 years, which was set up at talks in Djibouti last year.

Leaders recently arrived include the head of the autonomous region of Puntland, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, and General Mohamed Hersi Morgan as well as General Adam Abdullahi Gabyo and General Hassan Mohamed Nur.

They are meeting other faction leaders from Mogadishu including Hussein Aideed, Osman Hassan Atto and Musse Sudi Yalahow who announced last week that they had resolved their differences.

'Sabotage'

In a press conference at the government's headquarters at the Ramadan hotel in the capital Mogadishu, Mr Gallaydh said Ethiopia was trying to divide Somalia into several, small fiefdoms ruled by warlords,

"Ethiopia cannot be the architect of how Somalia should reconcile," said Mr Gallaydh

"The confidence and will of our people is much stronger than Ethiopian plots to sabotage the new government," he said.

Mr Gallaydh said his government was "100% ready" to talk to the Ethiopian Government to try to resolve their differences.

President Abdulkassim Salat Hassan's government has had trouble imposing his new administration's authority - despite strong shows of support among the Smali civilians.

On Wednesday in northern Mogadishu at least three people died and seven were wounded when two rival militias clashed.

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