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  • Title: [SW News] ( Radio Gaalkacyo) PUNTLAND EXPLAINS WHY TO BOYCOTT PEACE CONFERENCE IN DJIBOUTI
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  • Date :[24 March 2000]

PUNTLAND AUTHORITIES TO BOYCOTT PEACE CONFERENCE IN DJIBOUTI

Text of report by Radio Gaalkacyo, in Somali 1630 gmt 24 Mar 00


Mr Muhammad Abdi Hashi, the vice-president of the Puntland regional government [northeastern Somalia], and Hasan Abshir Farah, the minister of internal affairs and security today addressed a public rally in Garoowe, the capital of the regional government.

The leaders explained why the government had announced its decision not to participate in the forthcoming Somali national conference being organized by Djibouti. The minister of interior told the rally that the Djibouti government had refused to take into account proposals put forward by Puntland, thus ignoring the aspirations and wishes of Puntland people. He said Djibouti had ignored calls that occupied regions by such faction leaders as Husayn Aydid [chairman of the Somali National Alliance] be returned to their original owners before any conference was held.

For his part, the vice-president said it was illogical for Puntland's views to be ignored. He said by ignoring Puntland's views Djibouti wanted to divide the Somali people politically. He said unlike other Somali regions, Puntland had always stood for the restoration of the country's sovereignty...

Source: Radio Gaalkacyo, in Somali 1630 gmt 24 Mar 00


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