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  • Title: [SW News] (BBC MONITORING/ Jamhuuriya) DJIBOUTI PEACE CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS URGE SOMALILAND TO PARTICIPATE
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  • Date :[27-Mar-2000]

BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS: DJIBOUTI PEACE CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS URGE SOMALILAND TO PARTICIPATE
98% match; BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom ; 27-Mar-2000 12:00:00 am ; 287 words

Text of report by Somaliland newspaper `Jamhuuriya' on 27th March

A preliminary meeting which is a precursor to the Djibouti peace conference has released a statement on the state of affairs in Somaliland.

The statement, which was released at the ongoing meeting scheduled to close today, was sent to us by 'Jamhuuriya' reporter Si'id Isma'il Guraase. It said:

"We as participants in the conference of Somali experts believe the following:

1. In spite of the fact that the Somali people have suffered a great deal under the Somali government, we admit that the scope of suffering undergone by the people of northern Somalia (Somaliland) has been greater than that of other regions.

2. The Somali people who reside in northern Somalia (Somaliland) deserve praise because of the enduring peace which has brought tranquility and brotherhood to the clans that coexist there.

3. That the Somali people who were unified in 1960 should kindheartedly and amicably reach agreement on their political destiny.

Moving on from the above we would want to state the following:

1. As participants and experts working on the success of the Djibouti peace conference who share the feelings of the Somali people, and as intellectuals and brothers who are hurt by the persecution carried out by the [former] Somali government, we concur that the people of Somaliland deserve an apology.

2. That action should be taken to solve problems that have faced the people of northern Somalia in particular.

3. That the perpetrators who have committed major crimes against the Somaliland people should be charged for the sake of justice and deterred from such actions in future.

4. The political destiny of Somalia is dependent on the preservation of the rights and interests of the Somali people.

5. As participants in the conference, we urge our brothers in Somaliland to take part in the conference which will deliberate on the future of Somalia.

Source: `Jamhuuriya', Hargeysa, in Somali 27 Mar 00 p 1


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