NAIROBI (Reuters) - Scores of Somali legislators have fled violence at home to the safety of other countries in Africa, Europe and the United States, leaving the nations parliament without a quorum to meet. The violence has worsened this month, with a minister, the Mogadishu police chief, and a legislator all killed. The government, which controls little but a few parts of the capital, has declared a state of emergency. With reports of foreign jihadists streaming into Somalia, Western security services are frightened Osama bin Ladens Al-Qaeda network may get a grip on the failed Horn of Africa state that has been without central government for 18 years. Needing two-thirds of legislators present to meet, Somalias 550-seat parliament has not convened since April 25. Officials said on Wednesday that 288 members of parliament (MPs) were abroad, with only about 50 on official visits. The rest were in neighbours Kenya and Djibouti, European nations such as Sweden, Britain, the Netherlands and Norway, and the US, the officials said. I cannot be a member of a government that cannot protect me, Abdalla Haji Ali, an MP who left for Kenya last week, told Reuters. In Somalia, nobody is safe. In Nairobi on Wednesday, plenty of Somali MPs could be seen sipping tea and talking politics in various hotels and cafes. As legislators, we have responsibility and every one of us should perform his duty in Mogadishu, one legislator who has stayed in Mogadishu, Sheikh Ahmed Moalim, told Reuters. Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys held a news conference in Mogadishu to denounce the governments call at the weekend for foreign forces to come to its aid. Kenya has said it supports international efforts to get more troops into Somalia, but Aweys thanked Nairobi for declining to send its soldiers across the border. If they deal with us well, we will deal with them well as a good neighbour, he said. The fighting will stop when the foreign enemy forces leave the country and Somalis come together for talks, Aweys added. Nothing remains of the puppet Somali government. The United Nations and Western powers back President Sheikh Sharif Ahmeds government, but are increasingly frustrated over how to help him stabilise Somalia. Sh Sharif Ahmed was elected by parliament at a UN-sponsored process in Djibouti in January. The situation has gone from bad to worse to worst, presenting the entire Horn of Africa with a security crisis of the first order, US analyst Peter Pham said in a paper. If the TFG (government) is 'fiddling while Somalia burns, it is doing so with a full orchestral accompaniment provided by an international community that apparently lacks either the will or the imagination (or both) to do anything else. Gus Selassie, an analyst for IHS Global Insight think-tank, was equally pessimistic. There appears to be an extreme reluctance on the part of the international community, including neighbouring countries and friendly governments such as Ethiopia, to heed the TFGs desperate calls, he wrote in another analysis. Both the security and humanitarian situation will have to worsen considerably before anyone will aid the TFG.