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Call For Peace And Justice In Somalia

ISSUE 273
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Victims of war crimes unearthed by heavy spring rains at Boqol-Jire in Hargeysa

UN Envoy Concerned At Rising Tensions Between Puntland And Somaliland

" Qaran has a legitimate concern and an arguable legal case "

Somaliland Troops Clash With Puntland Forces

Call For Peace And Justice In Somalia

Africa's Success Story

Two Eritrean Journalists Captured In Somalia Held With “Foreign Fighters”

Somali Civilians Murdered, Raped, As Conflict Worsens, UN Says

Mission Report on the Trial Observation of Detained Human Rights Defenders
in Somaliland

Regional Affairs

The Independence Of Somaliland A Reality Not A Hope, UDUB

Somaliland: Africa's Oasis Of Calm

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Peacekeepers With No Peace To Keep

U.S. declines to comment on reported North Korean arms sales to Ethiopia

Kadra Attacked In Public

Doomsday for the Greenback

Worse Than Apartheid?

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

KENYAS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FACT FINDING MISSION TO SOMALILAND

Ethiopia Acknowledges Detaining 41 Suspected Terrorists, Denies Wrongdoing

Washington Post Equates Imus's Racist Remarks with When He Called Cheney a "War Criminal"

Somalia's Descent To Hell

North Koreans Arm Ethiopians As U.S. Assents

Somalia : 'The World's Hidden Shame'

The West Now Takes Keen Interest in Peace for Somalia

Food for thought

Opinions

Recognition: Ritual or Requisite?

Bad Days Ahead For Puntlanders

The Twenth first Genocide

The Majeerten Envy Towards Somaliland

Mogadishu Massacre: Ethiopia Serves Vengeance In Cold For The US!

Somaliland's Foreign Policy, Understanding The Process Of Multilateral Diplomacy

Ich Bin Ein Hawiye (I Am A Hawiye Citizen)

Is Somaliland Teetering Towards Failure? - Part II


Hargeysa, April 14, 2007 (SL Times) – The Somaliland Times obtained a copy of the “Call for Peace and Justice in Somalia” signed by over two hundred Somaliland citizens including traditional leaders, religious leaders, politicians, intellectuals, and civil society leaders. The appeal has been in circulation since March 30, 2007 two days after violence broke out in Mogadishu between the supporters and opponents of the TFG. The content of the appeal is as follows:

WE—the traditional elders, the religious leaders, the politicians, the intellectuals, the civil society leaders, and the businessmen of Somaliland whose names are listed below—want to respectfully inform IGAD, the AU, the Arab League, the EU, the UN, the United States, and the African Governments deploying peacekeeping forces to Somalia that:

1. The continued and indiscriminate bombardment of Mogadishu reminds us of the genocide our people suffered in 1988 under the dictatorial military regime;

2. It therefore pains us to learn that once again innocent civilians are dying, more are wounded, and thousands suffer trauma and homelessness because of the shelling;

3. The TFG wants to impose on the Hawiye “victor’s pacification” of the colonial type, including martial law, repression of peaceful dissent, arrest or deportation of journalists, and forced disarmament;

4. Such cruel measures will only aggravate the conflict, intensify human suffering, postpone durable peace, and ultimately destabilize the region; and

5. The TFG, unable to win acceptance peacefully, is trying to exploit the foreign forces for goals contradicting their stated mission.

We therefore appeal to the above listed organizations and governments to:

1. Help immediately end the shelling of population centers and restore peace by avoiding civilian deaths and collateral damage;

2. Investigate war-crimes that may have been committed by the forces engaged on both sides of the conflict;

3. Urge the peacekeeping forces to keep strict neutrality in the deep-seated clan conflicts whose histories and nuances are seldom known by outsiders;

4. Empower the residents of Mogadishu and generally the Hawiye to restore peace and self-governance in their territories, as other clans have done so in theirs;

5. Impress on the TFG that it must win acceptance and legitimacy through genuine dialogue and reconciliation, not by use of violence or misuse of foreign troops;

6. Since the TFG accepted dialogue and reconciliation only after pressure from the international community, ensure that its planned conference is not a make-believe exercise of futility involving only its “friends” and those amenable to its influences.

7. Affirm that genuine dialogue and reconciliation includes those the TFG deems “enemies” and that reconciliation take place only in a safe and free venue for all parties, moderated and monitored by neutral bodies and persons.

8. Warn the TFG that its claim of sovereignty on Somaliland is indefensible and provocative, that also foreign troops or funds will not be used to undermine Somaliland’s peace, democracy, and right of self-determination.

Source: Somaliland Times


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