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Arwa Al-Anesi (YEMEN
Article Date: November 03, 2008
Yemen Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi demanded the international community to deploy peace-keeping forces to Somalia to keep the fragile peace agreement that was recently signed between the interim government and opposition coalition in Djibouti.
Al-Qirbi also stressed that the international community should play an important role in stabilizing Somalia, which has been a lawless country for the last 18 years.
Yemen earlier welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached between the Somali interim government and opposition, including the Islamic Courts Coalition, especially when this agreement, once long-lasting, could help stop the inflow of refugees who add more burden in the country's government.
The agreement could also help piracy activities, which has been on rise over the last two years, in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. It could also help provide security and stability to the war-torn country.
For his part, a Foreign Ministry sources called on all Somali parties to abide by the ceasefire agreement and to take the Somali people's interest into consideration and their aspiration to stability and security.The sources also called on the international community to support the agreement and to send peace-keeping force to Somalia to help restore peace and security to the country, hinting this could help end piracy that threatens the international navigation through Arab Sea and the Indian Ocean.