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Somali Independence Day marked by explosions, calls for peace
Issue 285
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UNDP Appraises Its Programs And Projects In Somaliland

Berbera Immigration Officials Block ‘Illegal’ Deportation Of Somaliland Citizen To Yemen

Somaliland Representative Visiting The United Nations

Somaliland Regional Games Tournament Begin 23 July 2007

Somaliland Women 'Nagaad' Umbrella Organization Inaugurates Its 10th Anniversary

Non-Governmental Group Accuses Interim Somali Government Of Harassment

At the UN, Somalia's Gedi Asks for $32 Million, Denies Restricting Opponents' Travel

'It is always necessary to make the N.R.C. political,' says a Somali scholar

Stability in Somalia 'a dream'

Somali elders search for peace

Regional Affairs

Somaliland’s Communiqué To African Leaders’ Summit In Accra

Somaliland Bans Use Of New Somali Passport

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International News

World shrinks for US diplomats

Torn Between Two Cultures

US is about to pull out of Somalia again- a mistake

Minister in Sarkozy's Government: Bush might be behind 9/11 Attacks

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Gorbachev At The “Global Citizen Project” Exhibition

Somaliland in Accra, Ghana, on the Occasion of the African Union Summit 27 June to 3 July 2007

Somaliland: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Harnessing Community Power In Somaliland

Blinders On Borders

Martin Meridith’s The State Of Africa: A History Of Fifty Years Of Independence

Crackdown in Ethiopia condemned

Food for thought

Opinions

An Invitation To The Mayor Of Hargeysa To A Dialogue On Freedom Of The Press

SL document archives

Sack The Somaliland Leaders

UDUB, UCID, and KULMIYE: Are There Any Differences?

Democracy Requires An Informed Citizenry

The Mayor Of Hargeysa—The New Mohammed Dheere Of Somaliland


MOGADISHU, July 1, 2007 - Early morning explosions marked Somalia's Independence Day in the capital Mogadishu Sunday. Leaders called for an end to the fighting that has claimed hundreds of lives and prevented the government from taking control of the country.

The three explosions at midnight did not cause any injuries but were a reminder of the clan and political violence that has made the capital one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Later Sunday, a land mine exploded near a group of government soldiers, but there were no casualties.

Members of Mogadishu's dominant clan, the Hawiye, and Islamic radicals oppose the interim government, and militants launch almost daily attacks against government forces, Ethiopian troops who protect them and African Union peacekeepers.

"I call for the ones who are against the government to refrain from the violence and the killing of innocent people and join the common endeavor for peace and stability in our country," President Abdullahi Yusuf said during a ceremony in Mogadishu.

The day marks when southern Somalia became independent from Italy in 1960. The region joined with two other regions, Puntland and Somaliland, to form Somalia.

The country has not had an effective central government since 1991, when clan militias overthrew President Mohamed Siyad Barre and then turned on each other. Somaliland has declared independence and Puntland is semiautonomous, while a weak, U.N.-backed government struggles with an Islamic insurgency for control of the southern part of the country.

Many Somalis resent the government's dependence on Ethiopian troops for security.

"I do not think this day deserves commemoration, it is a dark day. The colonialists we fought for our independence, like Ethiopia, are again colonizing us and have troops on our soil," Mohamed Muqtar Abdi, a 67-year-old resident, said.

Source: AP


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