From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Tue Nov 25 2008 - 08:34:13 EST
Seyoum says Somalian authorities lack commitment, scope
25 Nov 25, 2008 - 2:18:44 AM
The major problem in Somalia is not so much a security problem as it is a lack of harmony and common vision between and among authorities of the Transitional Federal Government and members of parliament, says Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin in an enterview with Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency over the weekend.
"Loosing sight of the woods for the forest" is how he described a recent NATO plan to control the problem in Somalia by clamping down on piracy.
"The pirates are not fish who just sprang up out of the sea; they came out of Somalia," said Seyoum. "It is far-fetched to try to clamp down on piracy without first having to put the situations in mainland Somalia under control."
Speaking of the conduct of Somalian authorities, he said they show very little, or at times no, readiness to shoulder responsibility on a wider scope as the situation in Somalia demands. This, Seyoum said, has been corroborated by IGAD.
He said the intrigues among the authorities were a sham and based mostly on cronyism, which often goes down to the sub-sub-clan.
The MPs, he said, are based mostly in Nairobi, coming to Baidowa only to collect their salary. "They keep themselves too far apart from the people they proclaim to represent."
He said the terrorist Al-Shabaab was left much field to roam on not because its strength, but because the failure of the Somalian authorities and MPs to reach out their people elsewhere in the country. "They restrict themselves in Mogadishu and Baidowa."
He said the Ethiopian army would not stay for too long paying sacrifices in defense of the Mogadishu airport and palace. And the AMISOM, according to Seyoum, warned leaving Somalia if the Ethiopian army would do so.
The international community thus should walk the talk of the need of scaling up the Somalian peace process, Seyoum indicated.
Peace talks continue in Djibouti, top leaders present
24 Nov 24, 2008 - 8:19:49 PM
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti Nov 24 (Garowe Online) - A delegation led by interim Somali Prime Minister Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein flew from the national capital Mogadishu on Monday, Radio Garowe reported.
The Prime Minister's delegation is expected to attend UN-backed peace talks in Djibouti, where members of the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) and government officials are reportedly holding discussions.
Somali PM Nur Adde
Last month, Prime Minister Nur Adde's government signed a peace deal with the Islamist leader of the ARS, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
Under the terms of the agreement, a ceasefire is supposed to go into effect on November 5 and Ethiopian troops are to begin withdrawing from the country, starting November 21.
Two committees - the joint security committee and joint political committee - are charting out the security structure in Somalia following the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces and negotiating a power-sharing agreement, according to sources.
President Abdullahi Yusuf is expected to arrive in Djibouti to reinforce the peace process. Full story
Islamist hardliners have rejected the peace process and vowed to continue the anti-Ethiopia insurgency, which started two years ago and has led to nearly 10,000 casualties.
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