On Tuesday, President Abdirahman Farole of PuntlandÂ returned to Garowe, after a long trip abroad.
During a press conference held in the presidential palace, Farole hailed the recent rescue of Hijacked ship MV QSM Dubai by the Puntland forces.
â€œâ€¦it is the third time that Puntland forces successfully rescue a hijacked vessel, this is aÂ surprise to theÂ worldÂ but no oneÂ is helping us to fight piracyâ€¦.â€ Says President Farole who just returned from a trip to Turkey and UAE.
Mr.Farole called for the international community to help Puntland combat piracy. He says his government is against the payment of ransom, which he says will encourage more piracy in Somalia.
President Farole was among Somali delegates attending the Istanbul conference on Somalia, in May. He says the conferenceÂ was an uniqueÂ opportunity for Somalia, adding that his government was working hard to get more development projects to Puntland.
The President of Puntland also for the first time commented on recent clashes in Buhoodle, accusing the SSC rebels for instigating the violence in the region.
â€œâ€¦it is up to the Puntland government to deal with the situation in the disputed regions, we are against the soÂ called SSC rebels who are instigating violence in the regionâ€¦.â€says Farole.
On 21st of May, Ethiopian troops killed more than 14 civilians in Buhodle town, in Cayn region of Puntland State.
The clash in Buhodle was one of the bloodiest in Puntland for years, Ethiopian soldiers killed 14 civilians in the town, after the locals protested against the incursions and the harsh treatments of the Ethiopian border troops.
Published: June 9, 2010