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BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom ; 28-Aug-2000 12:00:00 am ; 129 words

The authorities in the breakaway northern republic of Somaliland have announced extra measures against supporters of interim Somali President Abd-al-Qasim Salad Hasan and the transitional parliament which elected him in Djibouti last Friday, the Somaliland newspaper 'Jamhuuriya' reported on Monday.

It said three orders had been issued to regional officials and security chiefs "to counter any trouble which could arise from the new government established in Djibouti".

Under the instructions, security is to be stepped up at Somaliland's borders, any participants and office-holders in the interim parliament are to be arrested if they enter Somaliland, and supporters of the Djibouti assembly are to "face the full force of the law".

The newspaper said that the instructions "follow actions by some ethnic Somalilanders who attended the Djibouti conference which elected Abd-al-Qasim Salad Hasan as Somalia's president".

Source: 'Jamhuuriya', Hargeisa, in Somali 28 Aug 00


BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom ; 28-Aug-2000 12:00:00 am ; 136 words

Some Mogadishu faction leaders have issued a press statement on the Djibouti conference stating the following:

1.The international community should be cautious and resist the invention of the Djibouti government which could be detrimental to peace in the country.

2. Since the Somali public and faction leaders are ready for peace and the creation of an all-inclusive government which will give preference to the faction leaders, the international community, and in particular nations and organizations that are involved in Somali affairs, are urged to organize and hold a national convention for all Somalis.

3. The reconciliation conference should be held in Somalia or in another country agreed upon which could play a mediating role.

Signed by: Uthman Hasan Ali Ato, Muhammad Qanyare Afrah, Mowlid Ma'ani Muhammad, Ali Muhammad Husayn, Ibrahim Gedi Jim'ale, Uthman Nur Elmi, Eng Husayn Muhammad Aydid, Ahmad Umar Jes... [other signatories who are not known faction leaders omitted]

Source: 'Ayaamaha', Mogadishu, in Somali 28 Aug 00 p 3



BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom, Aug 28, 2000, 119 words

Text of report by Somaliland newspaper `Jamhuuriya' on 28th August

The Somaliland cabinet has announced contingency measures which are going to be adopted to counter any trouble which could arise from the new [Somali] government established in Djibouti.

The following directives which have to be implemented have been issued to regional governors, mayors, police chiefs and intelligence units:

1. Security at Somaliland borders should be enhanced.

2. Conference participants and office bearers should be arrested if they enter the country.

3. Those who support the Djibouti conference should face the full force of the law.

These directives follow actions by some ethnic Somalilanders who have attended the Djibouti conference which elected Abd-al-Qasim Salad Hasan as Somalia's president.

The Somaliland cabinet had previously stated Somaliland's position on the Djibouti conference.

Source: `Jamhuuriya', Hargeysa, in Somali 28 Aug 00 p 1 /BBC Monitoring/ © BBC.


Somali faction chaos erupts

Mogadishu - At least 18 people were killed and 23 wounded when factional fighting erupted this weekend in southern Somalia as a new president for the anarchic east African country was being sworn in, a local elder said on Monday.

The violence broke out Sunday in the town of Jowhar, 90 kilometres north of Mogadishu, and pitted militiamen of the Hawadle subclan against fighters of the Galjel.

Both groups are members of the larger Hawiye clan, to which Somalia's first president for almost a decade, Abdulkassim Salat Hassan, belongs.

The fighting raged all day on Sunday, as Salat was being sworn in in neighbouring Djibouti.

Looters took advantage of the chaos to plunder, elder Ali Maow said.

Jowhar was calm but tense on Monday morning, Maow added.

"Both sides are regrouping for another battle," he said.

He said elders were planning to deploy militiaman from neutral subclans in the town in a bid to pacify the warring factions.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the fighting, which subsided on Sunday evening.

Salat was elected president by a transitional parliament on Saturday, marking a key stage in a Djibouti-sponsored peace and reconciliation plan for Somalia.

The country has been ruled by feuding warlords since the collapse of the government of the late dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

Salat's election has been denounced by three principal warlords in Mogadishu. They have vowed to fight him if he tries to install a government in the deeply-divided country. - Sapa-AFP


Interview: Peace -- Melody of Somalia

Story Filed: Monday, August 28, 2000 1:43 PM EST

by Zhao Yi Djibouti (Aug. 28) XINHUA - Somalia, the Horn of Africa
country which has been under the cloud of civil war and
anarchy since 1991, is highly expected to return to peace and national
reconciliation because of the success of the on-going Somali
Peace Conference.

Former Djibouti president Hassan Gouled Aptidon told Xinhua in an
exclusive interview here on Monday that the Somali Peace
Conference, the 13th since 1991, is the final solution to end anarchy in
the country.

While admitting that the long-standing Somali problems are by no means
easy to be solved, Gouled indicated that all the disputes
among the different clans and factions can be solved through dialogues
and negotiations.

"A strong desire for peace is prevailing in the country, and has become
an impetus to the process," he said.

Gouled, who is well over 80, retired last year. He initiated the first
and second Somali peace conference in 1991, and devoted himself
to the Somali peace process when the neighboring country was bogged down
in turmoil after the downfall of former president
Mohamed Sirad Barre.

Somalia used to be a beautiful and rich country, but now many people are
suffering from starvation because of the civil war provoked
by warlords, he said.

"The Somalis are disgusted at the turmoil situation in Somalia. Between
80 and 85 percent of the Somalis have long been looking
forward to escaping from the controls of warlords who have been creating
chaos," he said.

Referring to the on-going Somali peace conference, which started on May 2
under the auspices of his successor, current Djibouti
President Ismael Omar Guelleh, Gouled expressed belief that Djibouti has
been the most appropriate country in helping solving Somali

Djibouti is the only country in the world where the people also speak
Somali language and inherit the traditions and social customs of
the Somalis, he said, noting that language barrier has often discounted
the result of the mediation.

"We communicate with Somali representatives with the same language, thus
having made each other well understood," he said.

"Although we spent a lot for the meeting and encountered numerous
difficulties, we are glad to see that our efforts have been crowed
with success," he said. "Peace will come to realize in the Horn of Africa
country after the conclusion of the Somali peace conference.
We will see a stable Somali government functioning in the country after
four months."

The retired president rejected the predictions by some that the new
Somali government would unavoidably clash with the warlords
scattering from south to north in the country.

"I don't think a new round of civil war between the warlords and the new
government is imminent, because different clans and parties
in Somalia have started to narrow their differences through the
dialogue," he said.

When asked about the independence of northern Somaliland, Gouled said
although Mohamed Ibrahim Egal declared many years ago
the independence of Somaliland, he did not have the right to split the

The current confrontation between the north and the south Somalis does
not mean that their problems could never be solved, he said.
"So long as the leaders of the two sides speak out their problems, we can
surely help them solve the differences. "

Gouled also denied the possibility of war between the Rahanweyn Resistant
Army, a main military force under the newly established
parliament's control, and Hussein Mohamed Aidid, a well-known warlord in
southern Somalia.

The parliament-elected Somali President Abdqasim Salad Hassan and Aidid
are from the same region and the same clan, and bear
relative relationship. It is quite possible for them to have a peace talk
and seek a common ground over reconciliation, he explained.

Besides, the overwhelming majority of the Somali people, men and women,
old and young, are opposed to any attempt of the civil
war, he stressed.

"The truth is that all the Somali war refugees inside and outside Somalia
are thinking about the resumption of peace and returning
home as early as possible, and the warlords have no way to stop the
demonstration," he said.

Talking about the future of Somalia, Gouled said "instead of selling arms
to the warlords, every country in the world should make
contributions to the reconstruction of Somalia."

He urged the United Nations, the Organization of African Unity and the
Arab League to deliver the reconstruction plans made by the
new Somali government to friendly donor countries as soon as possible.

The 10-year-old civil war have destroyed hospitals, schools, roads and
many other infrastructure of the country, he noted.

In concluding the interview, the retired president reiterated that "I am
not the God. But I can say the situation in Somalia is very
instrumental to peace process."


Copyright © 2000, Xinhua News Agency, all rights reserved.


Newly-elected Somali president facing resistance from warlords

by Ali Musa Abdi

NAIROBI, Aug 28 (AFP - Somalia's clan-based armed factions and warlords on Monday were meeting in Mogadishu to decide how to prevent a newly-elected president from establishing a government in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa country.

Somalia has lacked a central government since the 1991 overthrow of Mohamed Siad Barre. Since then, the lawless nation has been ruled by rival warlords.

"The Abgal clansmen are meeting to discuss the modalities of opposing Abdulkassim Salat Hassan's election," Abgal elder Abdullahi Gheedi Shador told

After extensive negotiations in Arta sponsored by neighboring Djibouti, former Somali politicians and members of civil society elected a transitional parliament and a president, amid resistance from warlords at home.

"The whole exercise in Arta was manipulated by the Djibouti government and we need to protest against it," the Abgal elder said.

At least 18 people were killed and 23 wounded in factional fighting as the new president was being sworn in at the weekend.

The violence raged all day in the town of Jowhar, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Mogadishu, and pitted militiamen of the Hawadle subclan against fighters of the Galjel.

Abdulkassim Salat Hassan, 58, was sworn in on Sunday in Arta in one of the key stages of a Djibouti-sponsored peace and reconciliation plan, which begun with the inauguration of the transitional parliament earlier this month.

The president, a member of the powerful Hawiye clan and a former interior minister under the late dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, was elected on Saturday by the transitional parliament.

But Abdullahi Gheedi Shador said that to avert bloodshed in Mogadishu,

Salat's supporters should not act as though they were members of a government. Salat has the backing of unarmed civil society groups and the influencial Islamic courts active in south Mogadishu and parts of southern Somalia.

The courts' officials are mainly members of the Habr Gedir subclan of the large Hawiye group to which Salat belongs.

Islamic court official Hassan Sheikh Mohamed Abdi told the UN Information Service that the courts were the only force capable of preparing Mogadishu to receive the new government.

"The first step we have to take is to clear up the gangs," he told UN's IRIN humanitarian information unit in an interview last week.

"We talked to the people and we announced that they must leave the government buildings ... we will give them time, say one week or 10 days, for everything to be all right," he added.

Mogadishu-based warlords Hussein Mohamed Aidid, Osman Hassan Ali "Atto", Mohamed Qanyare Afrah, Musa Sudi Yalahow and several other minor warlords have opposed the peace process and denounced Salat's election.

Aidid accused Djibouti of trying to extend its authority to Somalia by sponsoring a "puppet government".

The authorities in the breakaway northwest Republic of Somaliland have beefed up security in the region's borders following the recent political developments in Djibouti.

Somaliland, which considers itself an independent entity, has said that it has nothing to do with the internal politics of Somalia.

"If the government formed in Djibouti tries to use force (to impose its will), it will face defeat and humiliation. We cannot talk with an administration full of war criminals," Somaliland leader Mohamed Ibrahim Egal told a press conference on Sunday in the capital, Hargeisa.

"Those elected in Arta are the remnants of the toppled government of Siad Barre. Our people still remember the graveyards from mass killings by those people," Egal said.

The leadership of northeastern region known as Puntland, which declared autonomy in August 1998, has also distanced itself from the Djibouti peace intiative.

"We are not part of the deal that led to the election of Salat," Puntland official Ismail Haji Warsame told AFP at the weekend.

"We will defend our system of administration, which is supported by the people of Puntlamd," he added.


Monday, 28 August, 2000, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK

15 die in new Somali fighting

Reports from Somalia say at least fifteen people have been killed and many others injured in renewed fighting between two factions in Jowhar, ninety kilometres north of Mogadishu.

The clashes come a day after a number of Somali groups inaugurated Abdulkasssim Salat Hassan as the new president of the country at a meeting in neighbouring Djibouti.

Mr Hassan told the BBC he wanted to sit down and talk with the faction leaders who do not recognise his position.

Meanwhile, in Somaliland -- the northern region which has declared itself independent -- its leader, Mohammed Egal, says he does not recognise Mr Hassan's election, and will arrest any delegates from Somaliland involved in the Djibouti meetings if they renter the region.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



XIDDIGTA BANAADIR 28-ka Ogost 2000. Cad. 542-aad San. 5-aad

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Tifaftiraha: Wargeys madax bannaan soona baxa Sabtida, Isniinta & Arbacada. Madaxa Wargeyska:

Shariif M.Maxamed Isniin 28-ka Ogost 2000. Cad. 542-aad Qiimaha: 2000 Sh.So. Max’ed M. Nuur


Isbaheysiyo looga…

Muqdisho: [Xiddigta Banaadir]

Waxaa soo kordhaya dhis-maha Isbaheysiyo looga soo horje-edo dowladda lagu dhisayo magaa-lada Carta ee dalka Jabuuti iyadoo hoggaamiye kooxeedyada Muqdi-sho ay durba bilaabeen shirar is da-ba joog ah oo arrintaas ku saabsan.

Hoggaamiye kooxeedyada Xuseen Ceydiid iyo Cusmaan Ca-ato oo ka soo wada jeeda hal jufo ayaa caddeeyay inay ka soo horjee-daan dowladda Carta, sidoo kale waxaa W/Muqdisho ka dhacay shir ay yeesheen qaar ka mida ku xi-geenadii Cali Mahdi oo kala ah: Dr. Xuseen Bood, Muuse Suudi Yalaxow iyo Ing. Maxamed Xuse-en Caddow.

Cigaal oo caddeeyay

 Hargeysa: [Xiddigta Banaadir]

Madaxweynaha Jamhuuri-yadda Somaliland Maxamed Xaaji Ibraahim Cigaal oo shalay shir jar-aa’id ku qabtay Hargeysa ayaa sh-eegay inaysan waxba ka quseyn shirka ka dhacay Carta.

Cigaal waxa uu sheegay in shirka Jabuuti ay ka qeybgaleen dad wadooyinka laga urursaday oo la sheegay inay matalayaan shaca-bka Waqooyi, wuxuuna sheegay inay taasi meel ka dhac tahay, ma-adaama ay filayeen in shirkaas Ko-ofur u gooni yahay.

"Waxaa shirka ka qeybga-lay kalkaaliyayaashii sare ee Siya-ad Barre oo ka mas’uulka ahaa xa-suuqi jamaaciga ahaa ee dalka ka dhacay, waxaana xaaraan inaga ah inaynu kuwaas la hadalno" ayuu yiri Cigaal oo sheegay inuusan ma-rna fileyn in caalamku aqoonsado dowladda lagu dhisay Carta.

Madaxweynaha Somaliland waxa uu sheegay in ay Koofurta Soomaaliya ka hadli karaan oo ka-liya dadka heysta kalsoonida dadk-ooda, "Somaliland waxba kama quseeyo shirka Jabuuti ka dhacay" ayuuna ku adkeystay.


Beesha Muddulood..

 Beesha Muddulood ayaa shalay shir ku yeelatay W/Muqdi-sho iyadoo ay ka qeybgaleen qaar ka mida siyaasiyiinta ku sugan Muqdisho iyo xubno kale.

Shirkaas oo ka dhacay hoy-ga Ing. Maxamed Xuseen Caddow waxaa dadkii ka qeybgalay ka mid ahaa Muuse Suudi Yalaxow iyo Dr. Xuseen Xaaji Bood, waxayna wararku sheegayaan in shirkaas lo-oga hadlay sidii beeshaas ay u yee-lan lahayd mowqif iyo hoggaan mideysan oo ay ku wajahdo xaala-dda Soomaaliya.

Wararku waxay sheegaya-an in shirar kale oo is daba joog ah ay yeelan doonaan qeybaha kala duwan ee beeshaas oo lagu gaari doono go’aano ku saabsan nartiija-da ka soo baxday shirkii Carta.

Muuse Suudi Yalaxow horay ayuu u cadeeyay inuu ka soo horjeedo shirka Jabuuti, sidoo kale Dr. Xuseen Bood oo ka mid ahaa ka qeyb galayaashii shirkaas iyo musharixiintii jagada madaxweynaha wuxuu shirka kabaxay isagoo sheegay in khalaad badan uu ka dareemay tan iyo intii uu Muqdisho ku soo laabtay mudo toddobaad ahna wax war ah kama bixin arrintaas isagoo saxaafada albaabka ka xirtay, halka Ing. Caddow uusan cadeyn weli cadeyn mowqifkiisa ku aadan shirkaas, wararka na soo gaaraya ayaa sheegaya inay isku waafaqsan yihiin diidmada dowlada lagu dhisay Carta

 Xuseen Ceydiid: "Ka baxsan meyno kuwii aan soo dagaal gelinay…"

Xuseen Maxamed Ceydiid iyo Cusmaan Xasan Cali Caato oo ka mida hoggaamiye kooxeedyada Muqdisho ayaa maanta shir jaraa’id oo ay ku caddeynayeen mowqifkoo-da la xiriira caleema saarka Madax-weynaha cusub ee Soomaaliya Dr. C/qaasim Salaad Xasan ku qabtay Hotel Saxafi ee Muqdisho.

"Ismaaciil Cumar Geelle ma jirto cid dembi gashay oo uu max-kamad soo saari karo, Jabuutina wa-xay dooneysaa inay dagaal cusub ka abuurto Soomaaliya" ayuu yiri Xus-een Maxamed Ceydiid oo ka hadlay-ay shirkaas jaraa’id, isagoo intaa ra-aciyay in shirka Jabuuti laga faquuq-ay hoggaamiye kooxeedyada isla markaana ay hor boodayaan wadaa-do uu ku tilmaamay seef la bood iyo urur diimeedyada Al-Itixaad iyo Al-Islaax.

Xuseen Ceydiid iyo Cusm-aan Caato oo shirkooda jaraa’id ku soo beegay xilli la dhaarinayay nin-ka loo doortay Madaxweynaha cus-ub ee Soomaaliya Dr. C/qaasim Sa-laad Xasan ayaa waxay sheegeen in hadda ay dib u soo noolanayaan har-aadigii Siyaad Barre, iyagoo sheeg-ay inay leeyihiin awood ciidan oo ay kaga hortegi karaan wax alla oo ka soo horjeeda waxa ay ugu yeereen

ujeeddooyinkii halganka.

"Dadkii aan soo dagaal geli-nay ka baxsan meyno haddii aan ku soo celino kuwii aan shalay erinay, waxaana leenahay maya 99.9% waa ka soo horjeedaan shacabk Sooma-aliyeed waxa lagu dhoodhoobay Ja-buuti" ayuu yiri Xuseen Ceydiid, iy-adoo Cusmaan Caatana uu sheegay in Jabuuti ka shaqeyneyso sidii ay colaad uga hurin lahayd Soomaaliya.


Caaqil Axmed: "Xuseen Ceydiid iyo Caato ma laha awood ay …"

 Caaqil Axmed Raage Cabdi oo ka mida odayaasha Soomaaliya sida weyn looga yaqaan ayaa shee-gay in siyaasiyiinta ka dhalatay bee-sha H/Gidir ay ayidsan yihiin doora-shada C/qaasim.

"Xuseen iyo Caato iyo kuwa kale ee diidan dhisidda dowladda cusub waxa awood ah oo ay ku lee-yihiin dalka ma jirto, dagaalna wax-aa ka horeeya inay heystaan dad u dagaalama, mana aha kuwo hor ista-agi kara dhismaha dowladda cusub af ayay meeshan la fadhiyaan fursa-dahoodiina horay ayay u cuneen, ha-daladoodana waxay la mid yihiin wax ay qaban karaan ma jirto" ayuu yiri Caaqil Axmed Raage Cabdi oo ka jawaab celinayay su’aal ahayd sidee u aragtaa dhismaha dowladda cusub iyo diidmada ka soo baxday hoggaamiyayaasha ay ka mid yihiin

Xuseen Ceydiid iyo Cusmaan Caato.

"Beesha H/Gidir go’aa-nkeeda wux-uu la socdaa shirka Ca-rta, wax ka soo horjeeda oo H/gidir ahna ma jiraan" ayuu yiri Caaqil Axmed Raage oo sheegay inuu taageersan yahay dowlada cusub ee lagu dhisay Magaalada Carta.

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