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Policy Failures In Somalia Conflict

Issue 330
Front Page

Riyale Forced To Talk With The Opposition But Unwilling To Accept He Is No Longer President

National Union Of Somaliland Journalists Proclaimed

Somaliland Foreign Minister receives French diplomats

From Africa to West Papua, unrecognized nations push for self-determination

Islamist leader says Somalia talks waste of time

Security Council Express Strong Support For Secretary-General's Integrated Strategy For Peace In Somalia

Declaration Opening the World Order to De facto States

Somaliland overrides 17 years of underestimation

Policy Failures In Somalia Conflict

Regional Affairs

Meeting Between The Government & Opposition Leaders In Hargeysa

Clan militias in Kismayo feel pressure again

Special Report

International News

Bush presses Arab leaders on reform

Moldova And Transdniester Parliament Leaders Meet In Brussels For EU-Led Talks



Different Kind Of World Cup

What Vietnam taught McCain about war

Campaign to establish a radical Islamic state

Somaliland - Setting aside the political differences for Common Goals

Egypt Con Man Gets 1,000 Years

Collaboration requires a strong home base

Food for thought


Both in Puntland and Somaliland, Siyad's goons are in charge

The Past Haunts Me


Time Is Up Mister

Together We Shall Overcome The Crisis

Is There A Problem Between Opposition Parties And Dahir Riyale

Peace In Somaliland Is At The Fork Of Ephemerality And Endurance

A Top Priority Is Recognition For Somaliland

Somalia has been in a state of hopeless conflict for many years (Somali refugees speak of horrific war crimes, May 7). The current US-led war on terror approach is creating a space in which extremist groups such as al-Shabab have become legitimate political actors, while policy failures have enabled the local insurgency to find support and develop recruitment bases. These include aerial bombings, support for the Ethiopian troop presence, and the badly timed terrorist designation of al-Shabab.

The international community must work with the prime minister, Nur Hassan Hussein, and the UN representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, both of whom have made singular efforts at genuine peace and stability amid high levels of corruption and self-interest. As the president cannot claim a similar contribution, his intransigence must be neutralized and his replacement supported internationally.

A top priority is recognition for Somaliland. The semi-autonomous region is a shining example of the Somali potential for stability. International actors need to recognise its achievements as an independent administration and reward them accordingly.

Its success should be promoted as a model for peace for Somalia's future.

Paul Burton
Director of policy analysis, Senlis Council

This article appeared in the Guardian on Thursday May 15 2008 on p37 of the Leaders & reply section. It was last updated at 00:42 on May 15 2008.

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