AU Special Representative applauds new defections from Al -Shabaab

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Addis Ababa, 10 June 2014 (WIC)  - The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif congratulates the Federal Government of Somalia for further defections from the militant group Al- Shabaab.

This follows the renunciation of Sheikh Mohamed Said Atom’s from the Al Qaeda affiliated group Al- Shabaab. Sheikh Said Atom was one of its leaders who has rejected the ideology of terror, and this demonstrates the weakening of the militant group as it continues to suffer major setbacks.

“Somalia is moving towards a secure and stable future free from the scourge of violence and terror and the Somali people have the opportunity to shape together a more peaceful future,” said Ambassador Annadif adding that “we congratulate the Federal Government of Somalia for its policy in this regard and we call on likeminded people to denounce the extremist views and join the government in nation building”.

According to a press release African Union Mission in Somalia sent to WIC, the Federal Government of Somalia supported by AMISOM call on all those who want peace to lay down their arms.  The Federal Government of Somalia continues to offer members of Al-Shabaab who renounced violence and realized the error of their ways the opportunity to reintegrate Somali society with a pledge of safety.