International Community rejects Hir-shabelle, South-west and Galmudug state leaders request to leave Mogadishu following poll talks failure

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Representatives of the International Community has last night held a special meeting at the UN headquarters in Halane with the Presidents of the pro-federal government states of Galmudug, Hir Shabelle and South West.

According to reports, the meeting discussed how to salvage the failure of the Afisiyoni tent conference negotiations and make the Somali poll a reality for the country.

Privy Sources have confirmed that the Presidents of Galmudug, Hir-sharbelle and Southwest regional states blamed the collapse of the conference talks on the leaders of Jubbaland and Puntland state and asked the representatives of the international community to allow them to return to their respective regional states following the failure of the talks in the Somali capital, mogadishu.

Reports add that members of the international community have rejected the leaders of the three regional administration’s demands to be allowed to return to their respective regional states. They have been informed that the faction that leaves the conference will be considered a disruptive one.

Representatives of the international community in Somalia are expected to meet on Thursday with the presidents of Puntland and Jubbaland states who have been accused by the federal government of failing the conference talks prospects, although the two state presidents have so far denied the allegations.

The Presidents of Jubbaland and Puntland have also stated their readiness to attend and continue the conference to find a solution to the electoral dispute.

Members of the international community reportedly pressured the leaders of the other three regional administrations not to leave the meeting last night signaling a further poll talks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Efforts are said to be underway by the international community to continue the meetings of Somalia’s leaders, until the country’s electoral dispute is resolved.

The two warring factions of the federal government and the regional states of Jubbaland and Puntland are now trading blame games and accusing each other of thwarting the Afisiyoni conference poll talks.

Somali Information Minister Osman Abukar Dubbe has yesterday held a news conference in Mogadishu and slammed the leaders of Jubbaland and Puntland regional states of impeding talks to find a solution to the electoral dispute and that the Afisiyoni conference had collapsed.

BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI