MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 12 (UPI) -- Islamist militias, who control Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, say no foreign troops are needed to strengthen the government.
Sharif Shaikh Ahmed, head of the Islamist group, said his forces, which claimed victory over secular warlords after weeks of intense fighting, have reunited the capital, reports the BBC.
Ahmed's statement came just before the interim parliament met in Baidoa to consider calling in African Union troops.
"The government should stop the request of foreign troops in order for internal discussion with us to continue," Ahmed said. "Negotiations with the government are not possible at this time because parliament could approve foreign troops."
Before the victory of the Union of Islamic Courts, President Abdullahi Yusuf had claimed Mogadishu was too dangerous for him to set up a government there, the BBC report said. Baidoa is a temporary seat of Yusuf's administration.