Arab League voices concern over Somalia violence, urges "consensual solution"
CAIRO, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League (AL) expressed extreme concern over the escalation of violence in the Somali capital of Mogadishu amid disputes related to holding national elections, the Cairo-based pan-Arab body said in a statement on Sunday.
The AL stressed its commitment to support all efforts aimed at finding "a consensual solution to the situation that enhances the security and stability of the country and meets the aspirations of the Somali people," said the statement.
On Friday, sporadic gunfire and rockets erupted in the streets of Mogadishu as security forces clashed with opposition supporters protesting against delayed national elections.
The pan-Arab body urged all Somali parties to fully denounce violence and "to immediately engage in a comprehensive dialogue to reach an inclusive agreement on the means of holding the elections." Enditem