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  • [SW Country] ( Office of PL President - Nairobi) Press Statement  :Posted on 09 May 2003

DAWLADDA  PUNTLAND               PUNTLAND STATE

EE SOOMAALIYA                                                  OF SOMALIA

Xafiiska Madaxtooyada                                          Office of the President

 Nairobi, May 9,2003

Press Statement

From the Office of the President at Somali National Reconciliation Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

1.     Somali National Reconciliation Conference, KCCT, Mbaghathi, Nairobi, Kenya.

           I would like, at the very outset, to extend our profound and deeply felt gratitude to the Government of Kenya, who graciously hosted this important talks for well over 6 months, the Frontline States and the International Donor community for their full cooperation.  I have no doubt that their unswerving support has made possible the process itself as well as its achievements. 

          As you are all aware, the Peace process started with the first phase, which culminated in the signing of the Eldoret Declaration by 23 Somali Leaders at Eldoret on 27th of October 2002.  In that Declaration, the Somali Leaders pledged to cease all hostilities and to work towards the formation of a broad-based Federal Government.   They have also agreed on guaranteeing the security of all humanitarian Staff and  developmental projects.

           The Government of the State of Puntland wishes to express its concern over the  numerous ceasefire violations thus far but welcomes the recent efforts by IGAD Representatives to establish a monitoring mechanism for such violations in the future.  Needless to say that Puntland will fully support any such efforts towards compliance with the Eldoret Declaration.

           I would also like to touch on briefly the achievements of the second phase of the Conference in which six Reconciliation Committees finished their work and submitted their excellent reports for harmonization.   The Somali Leadersí Committee is currently engaged in harmonizing some aspects of the Draft Charter that will lead to the convening of the Plenary of the Conference.

           After the conclusion of the Plenary Session, it is expected that a broad-based Federal Government will emerge.   All Somalis are looking forward to this historic moment and the State of Puntland will spare no effort in the realization of this lofty goal.

 2. The Puntland Reconciliation Efforts

           Having dealt with the Somali National Reconciliation talks, I would like to brief you on the successful conclusion of the Puntland internal reconciliation talks.  You may be aware that the State of Puntland experienced a brief constitutional crisis in the year 2001 which eventually led to untraditional conflict in parts of the State. It was unfortunate episode in the short existence of the State. 

          In the light of the above development and in the new spirit of the Eldoret Declaration, the President of the State of Puntland H.E Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed extended a general amnesty and made an appeal for reconciliation and peace in Puntland.   It was, indeed, gratifying that the opposition leader General Mohamud Muuse Boqor (General Ade) responded positively to this appeal by Abdullahi Yusuf, who started a dialogue with him over the phone.  Indeed, the dialogue lasted over a period of 3 months and ended with the entry of General Ade and his entire group in Bossaso on the 5th of May 2003, where on the following day the peace talks were finalized.    This peace agreement includes:

1.      Cessation of all forms of hostilities.

2.      The acceptance of peace by All parties  throughout the State

3.      All other relevant issues to be dealt with in spirit of dialogue based on hard-won trust

           In this regard, I will be failing in my duty if I do not acknowledge here the excellent efforts made by two prominent Somali Traditional Leaders namely Sultan Said Sultan Abdisalam and Boqor Osman Aw Mohamud (Buur Madow) in discreetly mediating the two parties.  It illustrates the vital mediating role of the Somali traditional leaders when given the opportunity.  The Government and the people of Puntland are appreciative of their efforts and extend their gratitude to them. 

3. The Impact of War on Iraqi had on the Somali Economy

             Somalia in general and the State of Puntland in particular are heavily dependent on trade with the Gulf States.  However, this trade was severely disrupted following the Gulf hostilities. The United States navy and those of her Allies have made routine the  inspections of all commercial ships and dhows to and from the Gulf.  These routine inspections have frightened the crewmembers, who are traditionally nationals of the countries in the Indian Sub-continent and Iran.   In addition, the owners of the small-uninsured dhows were afraid that their dhows might sink in the high seas when approached by the powerful U.S and Allied Navy ships. This state of affairs had a devastating effect on Somali trade with the Gulf States.   Puntlandís livestock exports to United Arab Emirates and Oman dwindled dramatically while custom revenues have shrunken due to sharp fall of imports from the trading countries.This devastating consequence of the War compounded the already existing problem of the Saudi Arabia Livestock Ban.  

In this regard, the State of Puntland wishes to appeal to the international community for urgent help.  


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