MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 30 (UPI) -- A Finland-based aid group accuses the Bush administration of meddling in the sectarian violence wracking the capital Mogadishu.
Mogadishu's The Shabelle Times reported on May 27 that during a telephone interview with Somali Reconstruction and Social Development Chairman Idris Hassan Farah, he that Washington has been covertly interfering in internal Somali affairs since February.
Idris, who was in Helsinki, said that locals suspect that the U.S. government is giving financial assistance to those battling the Islamic Union Courts Union.
Idris commented, "I believe there are no terrorists in Somalia. How can terrorists come into Somalia since the warlords themselves had the control of all the entrances of Mogadishu for 16 years?"
On behalf of the Somali Reconstruction and Social Development, Idris appealed again for peace among the warring Somali factions.
Since fighting recently broke out between rival factions more than 200 people have been killed. Somalia descended into anarchy and has had no effective government since the 1991 overthrow of President Mohamed Siad Barre.