Somali Islamic leader: UN troops will ignite war

December 7, 2006 08:57

A UN resolution that will allow foreign peacekeepers into Somalia will start a war between the country's struggling government and an Islamic movement that controls much of the country, an Islamic spokesman said Thursday. The UN Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize a regional force to protect the government and partially lifted an arms embargo to allow the force to be equipped. The US-sponsored resolution urged the Islamic militants, who have taken control of the capital and most of southern Somalia since June, to stop any further military expansion and join the transitional government in talks to achieve a peaceful political settlement in the country, which has not had an effective government since 1991. "We see the approval of the resolution as nothing but an evil intention," Abdirahin Ali Mudey, spokesman for the Council of Islamic Courts, told the Associated Press.

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