- Title: [SW News](The Republican) UN Taken to Task for Unethical
- Posted by/on:[AMJ][Sunday, December 10, 2000]
takes UN to task for supporting Somali military build-up
Service - United Kingdom; Dec 10, 2000
editorial by the Somaliland weekly newspaper `The Republican' on 10th
after producing a factional Somali government by cloning dictator
Barre's regime, is now set on the dangerous road of providing direct
financial and logistical support to Abdiqasim Salad's ongoing military
build up in Mogadishu.
leader Abdiqasim Salad [as published] has, since his appointment as
president in August, been shedding crocodile tears that he needs money
with which to demobilize thousands of armed militiamen in Mogadishu.
The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, and his representative in
Somalia, David Stephen, joined Salad in an effort to blackmail the
international community for Demobilization and Reintegration Programme
governments in Italy and the Arab world came up with financial
commitments while asking other donors to do the same. Abdiqasim Salad
has been so happy and encouraged with the feedback that he ordered two
months ago the remobilization of dictator Barre's defeated army.
Brandishing their medals and uniforms, Barre's soldiers and officers
kept pouring into hastily set up camps in Mogadishu for their
nation cannot be rebuilt and protected without you", Salad told
soldiers in a battalion formation at one of the camps early last
armed militiamen loyal to [President] Abdiqasim are also encamping at
specially selected sites in southern Mogadishu. Both military groups
were assembled to attract donor funds. With millions of dollars
denominated as DRP funds already earmarked by Kofi Annan for
Abdiqasim's troops, Siyad Barre's former minister of interior seems to
have never been a happier man. The international community is
succumbing and ready to meet all the financial costs needed for
sheltering, feeding and paying the personnel of his military forces.
Last week, the UN chose not to be an onlooker when Libyan arms and
military logistics arrived at Balidogle airport, about 100 km to the
southwest of Mogadishu. Arms financed by Qatar and Sudan are next to
whole exercise actually reminds one of the UNOSOM [UN Operation in
Somalia] and the DRP experience in Angola, both UN undertakings that
drastically failed during the 90s. One fundamental lesson drawn from
disarmament, demoblization and reintegration experiences in Somaliland
and a number of countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia say that
the "total cessation of hostilities" is a prerequisite for
the launching of a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration
programmes involving armed personnel.
a genuine national reconciliation must have been achieved with a
broad-based central authority in place to plan, implement and
coordinate the disarmament and demobilization exercise. Of course,
none of these terms and conditions are found applicable to the ongoing
assembling of forces at Mogadishu.
intention of Abdiqasim and his UN sponsors has never been the down
sizing of armed forces. On the contrary, the objective has been to
raise an army for Abdiqasim's faction within the next few months so
that when the adequate force is ready Kofi Annan and David Stephen
could legitimize and enhance their protege without this time UN forces
slogging through [word illegible] quagmire.
`The Republican', Hargeysa, in English 10 Dec 00