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No decision yet on SA troops to Somalia
ISSUE 261
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Rising Tension In The Eastern Border Between Somaliland And Puntland

Letter To Somaliland’s President About His Unequal Battle With Newspaper

Mortars Hit Somalia's Presidential Palace

U.S. Optimistic on Direction Somalia Is Taking, Official Says

Somali Authorities Holding 'Some 50 Foreign Nationals'

Abdillahi Yusuf May Ask Somaliland To Give Up Disputed Regions In Return For Independence

Eritrean President Says AU Mission in Somalia Doomed to Failure

Ethiopia 'Set For Somali Pullout'

In Somaliland, Jailed Journalists Prosecuted Under Archaic Criminal Law

Regional Affairs

Somaliland Warns Of Regional War

Targeting Oromo Citizens In Somalia Is An Act Of Ethnic Cleansing

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Washington Admits Role In Illegal War: US Troops Took Part In Invasion Of Somalia

U.S. Disappointed By Somali Parliament's Move To Oust Speaker

The Post's Stewart Bell in Somalia

At the UN, Silence on Somalia and ICTY Pardon Request, Confidence on Kosovo

Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

Death and despair the 'benefits' of war on terror

Doctors Without Borders says Somalia Lacking Any Health Infrastructure

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Bush War In Africa

Somalis Pin Peace Hopes On Yemen

''Somalia's Political Future Appears To Be Its Pre-Courts Past''

Illegal Acts In Africa

Somalia: Theatre Of Proxy Wars

THE OIL FACTOR IN SOMALIA

Food for thought

Opinions

The Predicament of Oromos in Somalia

Australian Scientist On A Short Visit To Amoud University

The Gadabuursi Manifesto

Seeds Of Dictatorship?

The True Inside Story About Southern Somalia

The Last Will And Testament Of The Last Somali Man Standing

We Are All In This Disgrace!

Free The Haatuf Journalists Now: This Is The Time All Of Us Need To Speak In One Voice!

Comments By Jamal Gabobe


By Louis Oelofse

Pretoria, South Africa. 17 January 2007 - South Africa has again stressed that its defence force is over-stretched and is still considering troop contributions to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad told journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday that no decision has been made on possible troop contributions.

"It is both the situation in Somalia and our own capabilities that will influence our decision," he said.

This comes after Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi reportedly named South Africa as one of five countries that had agreed to send troops.

Ghedi named the countries who had agreed to send troops as: Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Malawi and Senegal.

But thus far only Uganda has publicly offered to contribute to the proposed 8, 000-strong AU peacekeeping force.

In the meantime, Ethiopia indicated that it wants to pull its soldiers out of Somalia within weeks, after recently helping interim government forces oust Islamists who controlled much of southern Somalia, including the capital, Mogadishu.

"The reality is that there has been literally no effective governance in Somalia. We had conflict between clans and tribes and, added to that, external involvement. It is a very complex situation," Pahad said.

He avoided several questions on when South Africa would decide on possible troop contributions.

"We are also, of course, constricted by the fact that we are heavily stretched; as one country we are carrying four or five operations,"

He was referring to South African troops deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping operation in that country.

The government is also planning to increase its troop contribution to the AU peacekeeping operation on Sudan to over a thousand troops.

South Africa is almost the sole contributor to the AU Special Task Force that took over peacekeeping duties from the UN in Burundi.

"This is a matter that we keep watching and we will wait for the report of the AU mission -- which has a South African on it -- who are currently in Somalia," Pahad said.

The AU delegation, which arrived in Somalia on Saturday, is expected to make recommendations on how the planned 8,000-strong AU-force should be composed.

The Cabinet will decide on the issue and is expected to hold a lekgotla (meeting0 next week. Pahad, however, did not want to say when a decision could be expected.

Source: Sapa

 


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