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  • Title: [SW Country] (SHASNA-Shadali- Boston) RISKS POSED BY THE EXILE LED DJIBOUTI PEACE INITIATIVE FOR SOMALIA
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  • Date :[7 July 2000]

"...In Somalia, accountability can only come from a well thought out Federal Administration. The Foundations of that Federal System is inarguably now functioning in Puntland and Somaliland. We urge the International community not to heed the Djibouti-based exiles’ and International conflict resolution experts’ daily mantra that if we don’t come up with a government, Somalia will disappear from the face of the earth..".  "...Somalia is alive, well and will soon be the beacon of hope in Africa. The Recovery Zones are the first signs of hope, but lately they have faced significant political attacks and ideological challenges. In essence, what we have seen from the Djibouti-based exiles is the unfortunate reversal of the intentions of the World Community. This reversal is misguided and dangerous to the progress being made inside the country by the Somalis who have remained and returned home to build for a brighter future...." JSA 7 July 200


 

SOMALI HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA

PRESS STATEMENT

 

BOSTON, MA

[June 30, 2000]

 

To: H.E. William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States of America

US Senator Jesse Helms, Chairman – Committee on Foreign Relations

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation

USA Embassy, Djibouti

USA Embassy, Nairobi

European Union Heads of State and Government - Brussels

UN Secretary General – New York, NY

Mr. David Stephen, UN Secretary General Representative

IGAD Heads of State and Government

League of Arab States

Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)

cc: Puntland State Government of Somalia

Puntland Civil Societies

Somali Peace Rally

Somaliland State Government of Somalia

H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti Republic

Republic of Djibouti Embassy, Washington DC

The Wall Street Journal

The Boston Globe

The Boston Herald

The Bay State Banner

World Media Organizations

 

RE: RISKS POSED BY THE EXILE LED DJIBOUTI PEACE INITIATIVE FOR SOMALIA

RISKS POSED BY THE EXILE INITIATIVE: We believe the direction of the exile led Djibouti Peace Initiative for Somalia threatens to destroy the peace and progress being made in the Recovery Zones of Somalia. The so-called "peace initiative" process is being headed by Somali exiles in Djibouti who actively participated in and benefited from the Siyad Barre regime that destroyed Somalia. If permitted to prevail, this exile group will use the so-called "peace initiative" to destabilize Somalia and rekindle the civil war in the Recovery Zones of Somalia, retarding the progress, freedoms and private investment initiatives being made in Puntland and Somaliland. The attempt by exiles to appoint a transitional government-in-exile is a back door attempt to regain power.

BACKGROUND ON THE EXILE LEADERS: The exiles leading the Djibouti Peace Initiative for Somalia consist of people who held high portfolios in the late Siyad Barre dictatorial regime, the most tyrannical regime in the history of Somalia. The Djibouti-based exiles have handpicked a group called the "Civil Society" from the ranks of individuals who paved the way for the country’s civil war and who are actively making it possible to wage wars today. These individuals are the brains and the financiers behind the inextinguishable flames in Mogadishu and environs. In the previous regime, they were the ones who looted the nation’s wealth. They were responsible for the rape and the wholesale torching of cities, villages and destroyed water wells in the Somali central and northwestern regions. And unfortunately, these are the same individuals nominated by the exile led group to chair every imaginable committee and subcommittee of the Djibouti Peace Initiative. In a glaring act of incompetence or downright condescension, the chairs of the committees to disarm warlords and armed factions are none other than the Generals who for the later years of Siyad Barre regime were commandeering members of the Somali Armed Forces responsible for the KILLING FIELDS and wholesale torching of Somali central and northwestern regions. They have practically leveled towns and villages and in the process killed thousands of innocent children and women. The have given clear orders to their conscripts to burn, loot and rape anyone in the territories of the "undesirable clans."

 

THREATENED PROGRESS AND HOPE IN SOMALIA: Today, Puntland and Somaliland are laying the foundation of the Somali Nation, and the International Community has acknowledged their efforts. Here is one example:

The UN General Secretary’s concern with the lack of government in Somalia observed in his report – GENERAL S/1999/882 16 August – "As a country without a national government, Somalia remains unique," but acknowledged the, "fact that administrations in some parts of the country, notably in northwestern Somalia ("Somaliland") and northeast Somalia ("Puntland"), have began to provide some basic services to their people." He continued, "This move towards decentralization is fueled by the need to survive. The International Community, therefore, needs to support economically these regions. We must reward those who have made serious efforts to restore security and peace to protect human rights."

Puntland and Somaliland have attempted to reconstruct their previously meager infrastructure and they have made great strides towards tangible development. The Recovery Zones today represent bright stars in otherwise gloomy African State failures. Freedom of speech is prevalent. Most businesses are private and are run by bright, young locals and western educated repatriates. They are young men and women of all strides. Today, by product of private investments, all major cities in the Recovery Zones are proud to have one of the best Landline Telephone Systems and Mobile Telecommunications Technologies in the whole of Africa. In April, the first Internet Server with 56K V90 Modems were placed in Boosaaso, Puntland. Other Internet projects are in the works for other cities in the Recovery Zones. Through individual business collaborations and associations of individual venture funds, these technologies are bought from USA and European companies. They have built small-scale industries of which the exports go all the way to Djibouti, Kenya and beyond. The UN and/or any other Governments did not contribute to the finances of these private projects. Accountability and free markets are what drives the Recovery Zones. They are also driven by the desire to have accountable Governments of which they have never experienced. Accountable governments are not the hallmarks of Africa, including the Djibouti Republic. In Somalia, accountability can only come from a well thought out Federal Administration. The Foundations of that Federal System is inarguably now functioning in Puntland and Somaliland. We urge the International community not to heed the Djibouti-based exiles’ and International conflict resolution experts’ daily mantra that if we don’t come up with a government, Somalia will disappear from the face of the earth.

Somalia is alive, well and will soon be the beacon of hope in Africa. The Recovery Zones are the first signs of hope, but lately they have faced significant political attacks and ideological challenges. In essence, what we have seen from the Djibouti-based exiles is the unfortunate reversal of the intentions of the World Community. This reversal is misguided and dangerous to the progress being made inside the country by the Somalis who have remained and returned home to build for a brighter future.

A CALL TO ACTION: We urge the international community to seriously examine the direction of the Djibouti Peace Initiative for Somalia to prevent it from destroying the progress being made in the country. We also urge the World Community to examine the facts in the Recovery Zones, especially the progress in Puntland and Somaliland and not to be misled by the seemingly rosy statements from the Djibouti-based exiles and delegates. Finally, we encourage the International Community to trust the Somalis, especially those in the Recovery Zones, to bring all Somalis together and work on the foundations of a Federal System that will bring lasting peace and prosperity in the Horn of Africa.

We thank you very much,

 

J. Shaadali Abshir

Executive Director

Somali Historical Society of North America ("SHASNA")*

* SHASNA is an advocacy group based in Boston, Massachusetts. It stands for the unity and peaceful coexistence of the Somali people. It supports the creation of a Federal system of governance to safeguard the emerging free markets of the Recovery Zones. SHASNA encourages corporate and individual investments in the Recovery Zones. It has presence in both Puntland (Boosaaso, Garoowe, Buurtinle, Bacaadweyn and Gaalkacyo) and Somaliland (Hergeysa, Berbera and Burco).


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