US intervenes in Bosaso crisis, ordering warlord Said Deni to find a non-violent solution

Photo Somali Times/Warlord Puntland governor Said Abdullahi Deni

The United States has intervened in the crisis between the administration of governor Said Abdullahi Deni in Puntland and former PSF director Mohamud Osman Abdullahi Diano, according to sources told Somali Times.

The PSF is trained by the United States to fight terrorism, which means that the United States is very interested in this, and has been forced to intervene.

According to our sources, the US Embassy in Mogadishu is concerned that this crisis could lead to an outbreak of fighting in Bosaso, which could derail the fight against terrorist groups.

A senior Somali diplomat in Mogadishu says the caretaker of the US Embassy in Mogadishu, Colleen Crenwelge, has twice spoken to Puntland governor Said Abdullahi Deni, ordering him to find a non-violent solution to the crisis.

“In general, we urge forces of all kinds in Somalia to refrain from engaging in politics. We urge all security forces to focus on fighting violent extremist groups such as Al-Shabab and ISIS in Somalia,” the US diplomat said. According to Wall Street Journal reported.

Meanwhile, talks between the administration of President Said Abdullahi Deni and former PSF director Mohamud Osman Abdullahi Diano are progressing well, and an agreement is expected to be reached.

According to Somali Times, the talks, which took place for the past few days in Bosaso, reached some of the most contentious issues.

According to the information we have received, some of the positive developments include the transfer of land to the agency and a formal transfer of responsibilities by the previous management of the agency.

The headquarters of the agency is owned by the Diano family. Instead the government allowed some limited government weapons and vehicles to be left in Diano, for personal use.