Somalia: Puntland Rebuffs Mediation Over Mutiny Staged by Elite Security Force

Puntland security forces

GAROWE (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland rejected recommendations by local elders on efforts to end weeks-long standoff in the coastal town of Bosaso, where rival factions of the state’s security forces have taken up positions, triggering fear over breakout of clashes.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the regional state said it was unfortunate that the elders had recommended authorities to leave wealth and weapons of an elite force in the hands of sacked commander, saying that could plunge the region into chaos.

Authorities again called on former commander of Puntland Security Force (PSF) to transfer responsibilities to his successor without conditions.

Well-known elders suggested that the former commander leaves his position in return for remaining in possession of wealth and houses belonging to the PSF, in a meeting held to end rising tensions in the region.

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