Presiden Somalia dokongan U.S. Abdullahi Yusuf enggan dan tidak akan berdialog dengan UIC, yang tersekat di selatan Somalia.
Somali president rules out dialogue
alJazeera 8 January
The president of the transitional Somali government has ruled out negotiations with the Council of Islamic Courts, now besieged in the country's southern tip.
Abdullahi Yusuf entered
"With regard to holding talks with the courts, this will not happen," Yusuf told Al Jazeera in an interview before flying to
"We will crack down on the terrorists in any place around the nation."
Yusuf said that Somalis who hate the presence of Ethiopian troops on their soil are in the minority.
He said: "We are a legitimate government which requested the help of Ethiopian troops so we could achieve security and stability in
"We are working so alternative troops can replace the Ethiopians such as African troops. And if Arab states want to send troops, we have no objection."
Yusuf also told Al Jazeera that his country needs the peacekeepers to back up the Somali army now stationed all over the country to quell violence.
Even as the Somali president spoke, Ethiopian jets and soldiers attacked the remnants of the Islamic courts, part of a campaign to finish off the hard core of the militia who have vowed to fight on.
Hassan Mursal, a local resident, told Reuters: "The warplanes this morning struck at a location 18km from Afmadow where Islamic troops are hiding. So many Ethiopian and government troops driving dozens of military trucks passed there today."
Earlier on Monday, government and Ethiopian forces captured what they said was a jungle base used by the militia in southern
A government military commander said later that Ras Kamboni was taken after a two-day campaign using ground forces and air support.
Mohammed Adow, Al Jazeera's correspondent in
"It leaves them sandwiched between the
Yusuf's entry into
"The president has arrived. He is now in Villa
The bullet-scarred Villa
The UN-recognised transitional authorities had been unable to install itself in
Adow said: "There are many government soldiers on the streets [of