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Time For Direct Action

ISSUE 242
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Rayale Fails To Raise The Issue Of Igad Troop Deployment To Somaliland With Meles

''An Interim Agreement Gives Islamists An Edge In Somalia''

Somaliland, the Horn of Africa and US Policy

Somalia To Get Peace-Keepers

President Stresses Iran, Djibouti Common Political Views

A New Use For Camel's Milk: Sell It Abroad

The Crisis In The Horn Of Africa: Nomads With No Future

Somalia Warns Uganda On Troops

Regional Affairs

Ethiopia: Banking At The Somaliland Border

Pastoralists Call On Governments To Improve Legislation On Livestock Sales - Report

Somalia Stutters Towards Stability

Negotiators For Somali Government, Islamists Hold Face-To-Face Talks In Sudan

Editorial
Special Report

International News

US Moves Nairobi Embassy Bomb Suspect To Cuba

US Struggles For New Somalia Policy

Brothers' Epic Feat For Charity

Cinema Is Now A Crime In Somalia

Toll hits 30 after more Somalis murdered

World In Danger Of Missing Sanitation Target; Drinking-Water Target Also At Risk, New Report Shows

Coping With Terror Threat To Tourism

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Respect Tribes: They Do What Weak States Cannot

Remarks Made By Dr. Saad Noor At The Washington Post’s Debate On The Islamic Courts And Their Possible Influence In The Horn Region Of Africa

Somali Islamists Ban Music; "Intimidated" Top Artist Agree

Somalia's Money Lifeline Is In Limbo

America’s Somali Policy Still Dangerously Adrift

Somalis Left To A Life In Limbo As Peace Talks Are Put On Hold

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland : Love It Or Leave It

Protection Of Taxpayers’ Rights

The ICG Report Was A True Reflection Of The Facts On The Ground In Somaliland

Open Letter To Somalilanders Specially To SOPRI Conference Participants

Crying For Somaliland

Somalia : Cutting Through The Fog

UNDP/WORLD Bank Mission For JNA Undermined Somaliland Political Integrity

The Theory of Backwardness and Somalia/Somaliland Political Stage


EDITORIAL

As revealed by Kenya’s Foreign minister Raphael Tuju on last Tuesday, Inter Governmental Authority on Development’s plan to deploy peacekeeping troops to Somalia will include Somaliland.

According to Mr. Tuju, the Igad force is supposed to protect [Somalia’s] Transitional Federal Government and institutions, help train civilian protection force and establish a united civilian protection force for the whole of Somalia, including Somaliland. Saying that it wasn’t in the mandate of the Igad peacekeepers to engage in any activity of offensive nature to the Somali people, the Kenyan official who is also the chairman of Igad council of ministers, has emphasized that that part of the mission’s objective was to train Somalis on how to manage their own affairs.

Somalilanders have been stunned by the revelation that their peaceful country will be targeted for military intervention by Igad. Though for most people the idea of Igad troops coming to Somaliland seemed to be devoid of logic and stupid, however the Kenyan Foreign minister’s statements provided a further proof that as long as Somaliland is not in full control of its eastern borders with Somalia, it will remain vulnerable to hostile external interventions whether by regional spoilers such as Igad or Wahabists such as Mogadishu’s Itihad Al Mahakem Al Islamia.

What the Somaliland government should immediately do is to clear Las-anod of Abdillahi Yusuf’s militia and then move forward to secure its side of the border with Somalia. The fulfillment of this task would deny Igad any excuses to claim that their peacekeepers were needed in the area to prevent a clash between Somaliland and Puntland over Las-Anod. Handling the Las-Anod problem successfully, would also set Somaliland’s hands free to deal with the growing influence of Mogadishu’s Itihad courts in the Sool region.

No matter how big is the amount of external assistance it received, Puntland potentiality to challenge the Wahabist threat will remain limited due to a host of factors including the reign of warlordism which has been an obstacle to the development of a superior form of political organization and governance.

A clear evidence of this is the fact that agents of Itihad courts operate openly these days in Las-Anod, with the Puntland militia there too confused and powerless to confront them.
Certainly Somaliland cannot wait until Las-Anod becomes a major center for recruitment and planning of terrorist operations against the rest of the country or is used as a pretext by Igad to blackmail Somaliland.

Source: Somaliland Times


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