Clan fighters to leave Mogadishu

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MOGADISHU (Reuter) - Two rival Somali warlords have agreed to withdraw their forces from Mogadishu by today, a Somali radio station reported yesterday.

The report on Radio Mogadishu, which supports the warlord Ali Mahdi Mohamed, said Mr Ali Mahdi and his bitter rival, Mohamed Farah Aideed, agreed on the pullout at a meeting yeserday at the US embassy in Mogadishu.

'The two sides agreed that their respective forces and equipment should be removed from Mogadishu city and that this work should be completed by tomorrow, 19 December 1992,' the radio said.

A joint military committee, assisted by US troops, had been formed to implement the agreement, the radio said, and would meet at the US embassy today.