- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (AP) - A Somali government spokesman says aid agencies must register with the government or they will have to leave the country and its overwhelming humanitarian needs.

Prime minister’s spokesman Abdulkadir Walayo also says the government will protect those who register but will not be liable for the safety of those who do not. He did not specify what registration would entail or how the country’s under-trained security forces would protect agencies. The government controls very little ground in the dangerous areas outside Mogadishu where many aid groups work.

Somalia has not had an effective government since 1991, when warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. They then turned on each other, plunging the Horn of Africa nation of 7 million into chaos.

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