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Arab League efforts toward Somalia negotiations make little headway.

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Summary: The Arab League Arab League, popular name for the League of Arab States, formed in 1945 in an attempt to give political expression to the Arab nations.  is trying to broker negotiations between Somalia's fragile UN-backed government and Islamist insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. , but it said on Saturday that rebel hardliners did not want to talk.AaWestern security agencies say that the drought-ravaged country has become a safe haven 1. Designated area(s) to which noncombatants of the United States Government's responsibility and commercial vehicles and materiel may be evacuated during a domestic or other valid emergency.
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 for militants, including foreign jihadists, who are using it to plot attacks across the region and beyond.Aa

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MOGADISHU: The Arab League is trying to broker negotiations between Somalia's fragile UN-backed government and Islamist insurgents, but it said on Saturday that rebel hardliners did not want to talk.AaWestern security agencies say that the drought-ravaged country has become a safe haven for militants, including foreign jihadists, who are using it to plot attacks across the region and beyond.Aa

Ibrahim al-Shuwaymi, the Arab League's ambassador in Somalia, said that the body had been trying to broker discussions between the government and the insurgents behind the scenes since the League opened an office in the capital Moga-dishu in July 2008.Aa

"Somalia's politics are very complicated, but we shall never lose hope of reconciling them," Shuwaymi told Reuters Reuters

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 in an interview.Aa

"I meet the government and Islamists officials in an effort to bring peace. But the problem comes from the Hizbul Islam and Al-Shabaab [rebel] groups, which do not want dialogue." Al-Shabaab, which Washington says is Al-Qaeda's proxy in Somalia, has vowed to strike Burundi and Uganda's capitals in revenge for Thursday's rocket attacks by peacekeepers from those countries that killed 30 people in Mogadishu.Aa

Burundi and Uganda both have around 2,600 peacekeepers in the Somali capital as part of the African Union's AMISOM force.Aa

Fighting in the failed Horn of Africa Horn of Africa, peninsula, NE Africa, opposite the S Arabia Peninsula. Also known as the Somali Peninsula, it encompasses Somalia and E Ethiopia and is the easternmost extension of the continent, separating the Gulf of Aden from the Indian Ocean.  state has killed 19,000 Somalis since the start of 2007 and uprooted 1.5 million, triggering one of the world's worst humanitarian emergencies.Aa

Shuwaymi said the worsening wors·en  
tr. & intr.v. wors·ened, wors·en·ing, wors·ens
To make or become worse.

Noun 1. worsening - process of changing to an inferior state
decline in quality, deterioration, declension
 insecurity Insecurity
Inseparability (See FRIENDSHIP.)

Insolence (See ARROGANCE.)

Hamlet

introspective, vacillating Prince of Denmark. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]

Linus

cartoon character who is lost without his security blanket.
 made delivering aid even more difficult for the international community.Aa

"Even local aid workers are killed and groups deprive de·prive
v.
1. To take something from someone or something.

2. To keep from possessing or enjoying something.
 internally displaced displaced

see displacement.
 people of food relief," he said. "There is no reliable group through which aid can be delivered."Aa

Despite the lack of progress, the ambassador said his organization would continue its mediation mediation, in law, type of intervention in which the disputing parties accept the offer of a third party to recommend a solution for their controversy. Mediation has long been a part of international law, frequently involving the use of an international commission,  efforts.Aa

"Somalia is a member of the Arab League and it is our duty to play an important role in restoring peace C* We will always be ready to convince the opposition groups," he added.Aa

"Blood must not be shed. What's needed is a Somali government. Later, Somalis can discuss what kind of Sharia or principles the state will adopt. Peace comes before Sharia."Aa

In a separate interview with Reuters in Uganda, Somali Foreign Minister Ali Jama Ahmad said more AU troops would be sent soon to boost AMISOM to its planned strength of 8,000.Aa

"We expect our African brothers to complete the deployment of an additional 2,800 in the coming two months," Ahmad said.Aa

"There are some countries that have indicated that they will be sending peacekeepers and are now being trained by the United Nations because they said they did not have experience in peacekeeping peace·keep·ing  
adj.
Of or relating to the preservation of peace, especially the supervision by international forces of a truce between hostile nations.



peace
." He did not elaborate. Several African nations had agreed to send troops for AMISOM but have so far failed to do so, some saying in private they are put off by the incessant violence.Aa

AMISOM troops come under near-daily attack from the rebels. Last month, Al-Shabaab hit the mission's main headquarters in Mogadishu with a twin suicide car bombing that killed 17 peacekeepers, including the Burundian deputy force commander.

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