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Puntland says it is ready for talks to end the conflict in Bossaso

Wednesday December 22, 2021

Bossaso (HOL) - Puntland’s Minister of Security, Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan, has announced that his regional administration is ready for talks to end the ongoing conflict in Bossaso after between state security forces loyal to the regional president, Said Abdullahi Deni, and a faction within the PSF continued into the second straight day. 

The security minister said in a press conference on Wednesday that they had agreed to a ceasefire and that they had accepted a request from peace activists, clerics and business people. 

Gallan accused the PSF forces of shelling Bossaso, killing civilians, saying the Puntland administration had not yet taken any action in response to the PSF shelling. 

"We are ready for any dialogue that will end the fighting and end the displacement without compromising the rule of law," he said.

According to reports, at least ten people have died due to heavy fighting and many more reports of injuries, displacement and property damage, with artillery shells hitting densely populated areas.

The US Embassy in Mogadishu said it was concerned about the violence and urged leaders to seek a resolution.

“We urge an immediate end to hostilities in Bossaso and a return to dialogue to find a negotiated, peaceful resolution. Continued fighting will only inflict further harm on Bossaso and its people.”


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