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  • Title: [SW Country] ( Garowe-PL) SUMMARY OF PUNTLAND STATE POSITION ON THE DJIBOUTI ( ARTA) CONFERENCE
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DAWLADDA PUNTLAND EE SOOMAALIYA             PUNTLAND STATE OF SOMALIA

 

XAFIISKA MADAXWEYNAHA                                   OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

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MW/DPS/SUM1/2000             August 5,2000

 

SUMMARY OF PUNTLAND STATE POSITION ON THE DJIBOUTI ( ARTA) CONFERENCE

 

A delegation led by the President of Puntland State of Somalia returned to Garowe after a 10-day official visit to Kenya, Ethiopia and Baidoa, the regional capital of the Southwest Zone of Somalia.

During our visit, we met with leaders of the countries and region concerned and had discussions with them on wide range of bilateral and mutual security issues. The leaders we met appreciated Puntlandís achievements in establishing regional peace and public authority in its area of administration.

However, concern was expressed on the lack of agreement on national peace and reconciliation following 9 years of civil strife, which still affects parts of the central and southern Somalia, where no effective regional administrations exist.

We have discussed various realistic and equitable options for peace and national reconciliation that would give greater chance of success with the Somali people. Such options would include:

         the principle of the building blocks

         inclusive, balanced regional representation

         equitable power-sharing mechanisms

         clear role of the current self-governing states in Somalia and,

         the active involvement of IGAD/IPF and front-line States in the Somali Peace Process.

Puntlandís position  on the current so-called peace process going on in Arta (Djibouti) have been described in our releases dated 17 and 25 June, 2000, and will re-iterate again: 

  1. The Arta Conference has lost its way after the President of Djibouti has abandoned the objectives declared at the UN General Assembly.
  2.  President Ismail Omar Guelleh has reduced the so-called Peace Conference to a policy instrument to further his personal views and ambitions.
  3.  The Djibouti leadership has hijacked the entire Somali Reconciliation Process, thus blocking the necessary involvement of IGAD Member States, including the Mandated Country, Ethiopia.
  4. President Guelleh has consequently become an active supporter of a certain Somali clan and is openly partisan and partial. This has led him to unleash a violent campaign of personal vilification of the leadership of both Puntland and Somaliland - the Recovery Zones.
  5. The so-called Arta participants have been personally and officially handpicked and invited by President Guelleh, thus violating any legitimate criteria for selection of delegates from Somali regions. Consequently, the Arta Conference:

a)       Is dominated by discredited ministers, ambassadors and army generals of the former military regime and groups with sinister motives.

b)      The Somali clan preferred by President Guelleh forms at least 80% of the so-called Participants of the Meeting.

c)      Known and open opposition leaders who have left Puntland State were invited and empowered by President Guelleh to vilify Puntland State and its leadership.

  1. The Puntland State Government, House of Representatives and traditional Community Elders (ISSIMO) have, as a result, lost confidence in the objectives, direction, proceedings and so-called participants of the Arta meeting.
  2. The Government and the House of Representatives and people of Puntland State have consequently withdrawn support from the Arta meeting.
  3. As a consequence, any decision, recommendation and overall outcome of Arta meeting will not be binding on the Government and people of Puntland State of Somalia.
  4. This Puntland State position has been consistently reiterated and conveyed to all friendly governments, IGAD, OAU and League of Arab States and the international community at large.
  5. In the light of the above, we are convinced that the only result of this so-called Peace Conference will be the renewal of the Civil War and abandonment of any and all reconciliation efforts for the foreseeable in Somalia. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PUNTLAND STATE OF SOMALIA ON THE ARTA (DJIBOUTI) MEETING 

Puntland State strongly recommends to: 

1.      Suspend the Arta Conference

2.      Re-instate the mandate of IGAD member states on Somali National Reconciliation Process.

3.      Convene a meeting of IGAD-IPF to re-evaluate the Peace Process to work out a comprehensive and all-inclusive solution.

4.      Reconsider a new venue for the next Somali National Reconciliation Conference.

 

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed

President of Puntland State of Somalia


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