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  • Title: [SW Column](Ali Faisal) IS JABUTI IGNORING THE FACT OR IGNORANT OF THE FACT?
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  • Date :[23 Jun 2000]

"....but the fact of pushing the warlords aside and asking their lieutenants to form a government doesn't cure the social ills of the Somalis.   Any cosmetic change made to prop-up a quick-fix for the sake of " something must be done" will not pass the first test..." AF 23 Jun 2000

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IS JABUTI IGNORING THE FACT OR IGNORANT OF THE FACT?

by Ali Farah <alifeisal@hotmail.com>




> I Thank To Jabuti Government and people for their brotherly effort to
> reinstate the hope of Somali reconciliation. I am also touched by the fact
> that Somalis now realize, there can be a reconciliation without the
> warlords; however, for reasons unclear to many, as the conference unfolds,
> Jabuti is either ignoring the fact or ignorant of the fact.
> At the beginning of the Jibuti conference, rumors has been Jabuti wants
Adow to be President and Abshir to be Prime Minister.  I dismissed as a
> propaganda waged by warlord fans.  But it seems now there is something to
> that.
> Somalis need a form of government that can provide the greatest potential
> for resolving conflicts.  It is true that both democracy and conflict
> management are continuous process.  We know that yesterday's solutions
> seldom fit todays problems, but the fact of pushing the warlords aside and
> asking their lieutenants to form a government doesn't cure the social ills
> of the Somalis.  Any cosmetic change made to prop-up a quick-fix
government for the sake of " something must be done" will not pass the first test.
It seems we are watching the remake movie of Jabuti 1991.
> Jabuti must honour its promise to let Somalis negotiate freely.  As a
blood brother it should encourage all Somalis to look for common interest and
seek peace,justice and unity.  Arm-twisting the delegates and dictating the
terms and conditions of the conference or hand-picking the would be leaders by
the host country will not fly beyond its borders.
> Africa is suffering partially because of colonial legacy that left
> governments of tribalism.  Modern state and tribalism or clanism is an
> oxymoron.  How come European countries despite their multi-ethnic society
do not form a tribal based government.

> Ali Feisal
> Somali Commitee For Justice, Peace and Unity
> Alexandria, VA
> (703) 535-5470


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