[dehai-news] (ONLF) ONLF denies any involvement in Somalia

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Tue Jul 05 2005 - 16:38:36 EDT

Press Release

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)

6 December 2008
The Shebelle media Network published today a claim by the Al-shabab
group operating in Southern Somalia in which they stated that they have
attacked ONLF forces in the Lower Jubba province of Somalia near the
Kenyan border.
This claim in utterly false as ONLF does not have a military presence
let alone bases in Somalia.
It has been the practice of factions and warlords alike in Somalia to
blame the ONLF whenever local resistance flares against their heavy
handedness and archaic policies in order to gain sympathy from the
Ethiopian regime. This happened before when the Administrations in
Hargeisa and Bosasso fought over the Sool region. The Hargeisa group
blamed the ONLF claiming that it assisted Bosasso administration.
Ex-Prime Minister of the Transitional Somali Government Mr. Geedi did
the same and claimed that ONLF forces were operating around Bali-Dogle
airport in order to gain further support from the Ethiopian regime of
Meles Zenawi. On the same token, Bare Hiraale who controlled the
southern port city of Kismayu until he was outsted, recently claimed
that the ONLF had a hand in his ousting.
Regional elders, who gave interview today to the BBC Somali service,
have condemned the Al-shabab for their attack against local pastoralists
in the area who were to opposed their exorbitant taxation and draconian
administration. The Elders confirmed that ONLF had no involvement in any
of these activities in the region.
The ONLF is struggles for the liberation of the Somali people of Ogaden
and has no design or interest in the quagmire in Somalia.
The ONLF continues to be very concerned about the state of affairs in
Somalia and calls upon all parties involved the Somali conflict to stop
the bloodshed and opt for a political solution to their differences and
to stand united against the illegal invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia.
Ogaden National Liberation Front

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