Talks between Puntland President Said Deni and PSF sacked Commandant Mohamed Diyano ends in disarray
Reports coming from the commercial town of Bosaso says that reconciliatory talks between Puntland State President Said Abdullahi Deni and former sacked Commandant of PSF Mohamed Osman Diyano have borne no fruits.
This is after the two sides maintained their hard lines stance and failed to agree on most of the contentious issues that brought them together for the first time since the skirmishes that were birthed by the dismissal of Diyano from the Puntland elite force.
Sources privy to the development intimated to Radio Dalsan that President Deni requested Diyano to accept his axing from the PSF leadership by the regional government and thereafter bring his issues to the table.
However, the embattled sacked Commandant Diyano rejected the request by the State leader and instead suggested to Deni to first implement the four-point resolution issued by the State traditional elders.
Puntland traditional elders have previously resolved that Mohamed Osman Diyano be reinstated as the leader of PSF and afterwards open talks between the two factions – Deni and Diyano.
Furthermore, additional reports have that the duo agreed to resume talks in the coming days in a bid to resolve the leadership quagmire that has rocked PSF and come to a common ground.
Puntland president Said Abdullahi Deni in early December last year sacked the Puntland Security Forces (PSF) director Mahamud Osman but Diyano declined to leave office sparking a rift within the forces.
At least seven people were killed and 50 others wounded in the semi-autonomous State and a huge number of people were displaced following clashes between the two forces allied to both leaders.
The PSF forces, consists of more than 3,000 troops and is designed to counter the threat posed by ISIS and Al-Shabaab. The special unit previously received training and sponsorship from the United States in combatting terrorism and extremists.