Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) was a Somali
political party. A successor to the Islamic Courts Union, it was
launched in September 2007. 
History of the ARS
Members of the
Islamic Courts Union
Islamic Courts Union and Somali opposition leaders
united to form a political party. Roughly 400 delegates, including
former Islamic Courts Union, ICU Executive chairman Sharif Sheikh
Ahmed, former TFG Speaker of Parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, and
the former TFG Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Mohamed Farrah, approved
a constitution and committee. A 191-member Central Committee was
chaired by Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden.
Hassan Dahir Aweys explicitly
stated he did not hold any formal position in the Alliance.
Reporters at the Somali Congress for Liberation and Reconstitution
in Asmara, the capital of
Eritrea said the alliance would be unlikely
to be Islamist-led as the opposition would be hoping to draw on the
broad political support and fundraising opportunities of the Somali
Djibouti peace agreement
Between May 31 and June 9, 2008, representatives of Somalia's
Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-liberation
of Somalia participated in a peace conference in
Djibouti mediated by
the United Nations
Special Envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah.
The conference ended with the announcement on June 9, 2008 that they
had signed an 11-point peace agreement paving the way for "the
cessation of all armed confrontation" across Somalia.
The peace agreement called for a 90-day ceasefire and set a withdrawal
timetable for the Ethiopian troops protecting the TFG. According to
the agreement, the two sides agreed to terminate "all acts of armed
confrontation" and to "request the United Nations...to authorize and
deploy an international stabilization force from countries that are
friends of Somalia" excluding the neighboring countries. The peace
pact also called for the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops present in
Somalia within a period of 120 days of the signing of this agreement.
Both Somali Prime Minister
Nur Hassan Hussein
Nur Hassan Hussein and ARS Chairman Sharif
Sheikh Ahmed welcomed the peace agreement as an "historic opportunity"
to end Somalia's long conflict. However, ICU leader Hassan Dahir Aweys
rejected the agreement, arguing that "no one authorized" the ARS
delegates to participate at the
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