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End insurgency, demands US

2009-08-06 20:08

Nairobi - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday demanded that Eritrea end its support for the Al Qaeda-inspired insurgent group, the Shebab, in Somalia.

"It is long past time for Eritrea to cease and desist its support of Al Shebab and to start being a productive rather than a destabilising neighbour," Clinton told a joint news conference with Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

Clinton said the Shebab - a hard-line group spearheading a three-month-old offensive to topple Sharif - would make Somalia a threat to the rest of the world.

"There is also no doubt that Al-Shebab wants to obtain control of Somalia to use it as a base from which to influence and even infiltrate surrounding countries and launch attacks against countries far and near," she said.

"Certainly if Al-Shebab were to obtain a haven in Somalia which could then attract Al-Qaeda and other terrorist actions, it would be a threat to the United States."