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HS:-Press Release- Presidency Denies Reuters Report

Wararka Maanta
(November 15, 2012) The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has had a press conference discussing several issues including the current charcoal stockpile in Kismayo and its surroundings.

The Presidentís position is in line to that of the government Somalia and UN Security Council resolution banning the export of charcoal from Somalia.

The Presidency strongly denies the Reuters report that President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud reversed his position and now allowed the export of the Charcoal. The President believes it is irresponsible on the part of Reuters to mischaracterize and misquote the Presidentís press conference.

What the President said yesterday was that his government is working hard to find a resolution to this burning charcoal issue that will protect the environmental degradation, and find ways and means to dispose the current stock which is acceptable to the interest of our citizens, to find that solution the Presidency has created a taskforce to recommend the best option possible.

The President here again re-iterates his support to UN Security Council resolution where all member states were asked to take the necessary measures to prevent the export of charcoal from Somalia which the Government of Somalia originally requested for the ban on the grounds that the charcoal business is not only hazardous to the environment but also detrimental to the security efforts.

The Presidency hereby strongly request Reuters News Agency to retract this fabricated and false report .

Communication Office
Office of the Somali President
Mogadishu, Somalia

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