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No To Foreign Troops‎‎

ISSUE 233
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This Week's Somaliland News

This Week's News coverage for Somaliland and Somalia

Headlines

An Irish Student Writes Her Thesis On ‎Somaliland’s Right For Self Determination‎‎

Video Shows Arabs Fighting In Somalia

South Africa Says Somaliland's Issue Should Be Treated Differently‎‎

Somaliland's Top Judge Relieved From Post Due To ‎Ill Health‎‎‎

Korean Deal Still On, Says Range, Despite Security ‎Concerns‎

Somali Islamists Renew Rejection Of Foreign ‎Peacekeepers‎‎‎‎‎

UNDP In Baidoa

Death For Muslims Who Fail To Pray‎‎‎‎‎

Regional Affairs

Somali Regional Leader Says He Does Not ‎Recognize Islamic Courts In Mogadishu

Djibouti Supports Iran's Stances‎‎

Pastoralists Plan Int'l Gathering In Ethiopia‎‎

Somali Islamic Cleric Eyes Fight With Ethiopian Army

Ethiopia: Terrorists Rule Mogadishu

Somalia Celebrates Independence Anniversary Under Islamic Courts

AU Leaders Suspend Recognition Of New Recs

East Africa And The Horn Of Africa: Human Rights ‎Defenders Form Network Of Support For Colleagues At Risk‎‎

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Nation Remembers 7 July Victims

Sheikh Aweys Won't Go Away (At Least by Himself)

''Somalia's Fluid Politics Move Toward Polarization''‎‎‎‎‎‎

Darfur’s Fragile Peace‎‎‎

The Somali Blogosphere

Kenyan Writer Warns Government Against "Entangling" In Somalia‎‎‎‎‎‎

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Briefing To The Inaugural Meeting Of The All Party Parliamentary Group On Somaliland

Somali Taliban

Tokyo Sexwale’s Acquisition Trail‎‎

Ethiopia: Interview: Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Ugandan Paper Says Somali Transitional Government "A Dead Horse"

The US Proxies Who Haunt Washington

Somalia: A Case Study In Interventionism

Food for thought

Opinions

Book Review On Part 1: ‎
The Bedrock Of The ‎
Family By Mohammed Bashe H. Hassan

Somaliland: The Only Hope Remaining In ‎Africa's Pandora's Box‎‎‎‎‎‎

Somaliland Armed Forces; Are They Fit For ‎Purpose?‎‎‎‎‎

Change in Foreign Policy May Ease Our Isolative Situation‎‎‎‎‎

Time For Somaliland Lawmakers To Recognize Unilaterally The State Of Israel‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

The AU Must Not Let States With Dual Allegiances-Egypt And Sudan Bully Them‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎


EDITORIAL

The Intergovernmental Government Authority for Development, the regional organization for northeastern African countries, has been pushing for some time for the deployment of peacekeeping forces in Somalia. The idea of deploying peacekeeping forces in Somalia was first floated by Abdillahi Yusuf himself during the final deliberations of the last peace conference on Somalia which was held at Mbegathi, Kenya, and concluded with the formation of the TFG on October 2004.

In spite of being rejected by most Somalis as unnecessary and dangerously provocative, the proposal however received the enthusiastic support of IGAD countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. The African Union which initially showed resistance against authorizing the deployment of regional troops, had to eventually relent after Mohamed Afay, Kenya’s envoy to Somalia and a kinsman of Abdillahi Yusuf, threatened that IGAD would unilaterally go ahead with the plan with or without AU approval. However, the first thing to fall victim to this controversy over “peacekeeping forces” had been the TFG itself. It soon became divided along clan lines and marked by brawls and ineffectiveness.

By demanding regional peacekeeping forces immediately after his inauguration in Nairobi as Somalia’s president in 2004, Abdillahi Yusuf has only spoiled his chances for a successful transformation from a warlord clan leader to a statesman. In the eyes of Somalis he still remained true to his long-held belief that the only way in which he could gain and sustain power in Somalia was to obtain a massive foreign military assistance for the subjugation of all Somali clans other than his.

After all he was the same man who in 1982 deceived the Libyans by making them believe that if they equipped his rebel militia with tanks and artillery he could raise an army capable of invading Somalia from the Ethiopian border and bringing down the Siyad Barre regime. When the invasion was finally mounted it was immediately interpreted by the much hated Siyad Barre as an Ethiopian invasion. Abdillahi Yusuf’s forces were wiped out by the Somalis and the incident triggered an international crisis which Somalia’s late dictator successfully exploited to receive more aid and sympathy from Arab governments and the West.

By contrast, Mr. Yusuf’s military adventure was a cause of great embracement to the then Ethiopian government of Mengistu Hiale Mariam which had to commit 2 armored divisions to the border in order to rescue the remnants of the invading militia force.

The issue of foreign troops has been revived by the TFG following last month’s takeover of Mogadishu by former Al-Itihad forces now disguised as “Islamic Courts”. Even the European Union, the co-architect of the TFG seems now to be eager to sponsor the costs involved in dispatching and maintaining such a mission. But the question is: is there a real need in Somalia today that makes it imperative for the deployment of foreign troops there? The Answer is: absolutely no. The truth is that any attempts to send troops to Somalia will be seen by its people as highly unjustified and provocative action that must solicit response in the form of fierce resistance.

The AU, the EU and the Arab League should stop meddling in Somalia’s affairs. They cannot impose the TFG on the Somali people. The fact that the fundamentalists are now in control in Mogadishu doesn’t necessarily mean that the TFG has become a viable alternative to deal with. The fact remains that Somalia still needs to realize national reconciliation and a broad based government that enjoys the allegiance of the majority of Somalis. But this can only be achieved through local initiatives and not by the TFG or foreign interventions.

Somaliland should oppose the deployment of regional peacekeeping forces in Somalia. Since this country is still technically claimed to be part of Somalia, Somalilanders will be naïve to assume that they will be spared by a military intervention force. The Somaliland government must move fast to deploy its troops along the border with Somalia to protect the territorial integrity and security of this country against possible external and internal threats.

Source: Somaliland Times


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