Somalia’s interim government and an Islamic militia that holds much of the south of the country have agreed to form a joint national army and police force. After three days of talks in Sudan, mediated by the Arab League, the Union of Islamic Courts and the government also pledged not to seek aid from other countries and to abide by an earlier truce. The Horn of Africa country has had no effective leadership since dictator Mohammed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991. The Union of Islamic Courts took control of the capital, Mogadishu, in June as well as large swathes of central and southern Somalia. The two sides are expected to meet again in October to discuss power-sharing and security issues.