15/02/09 (B486) La situation en Somalie. Les félicitations américaines, que l’on attendait !!! Le nouveau Premier Ministre promet la réconciliation. Les USA demandent au Nigeria d’augmenter ses efforts au sein des forces de l’AMISOM. (3 articles en Français et en Anglais)

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Washington salue la désignation d’un nouveau PM en Somalie

Le gouvernement américain a salué le choix porté sur Omar Sharmarke, comme Premier ministre de Somalie, à qui il a présenté ses félicitations pour cette nomination et sa confirmation à ce poste par le parlement du gouvernement fédéral de transition (TFG).

“M. Sharmarke s’engage dans une gigantesque tâche, à un moment critique de l’histoire de la Somalie”, a fait savoir le gouvernement américain dans un communiqué de presse publié par l’ambassade américaine à Nairobi et dont APA a pu obtenir copie..

“Nous saluons le TFG, dirigé par le Président Sharif pour avoir mené à terme, et de manière exemplaire ce processus”, indique le communiqué de l’ambassade US dans la capitale du Kenya.

Le communiqué indique que le gouvernement des Etats-Unis salue l’engagement de la direction du TFG à former un gouvernement de large rassemblement et l’administration Obama va poursuivre son appui aux efforts en cours pour restaurer la paix et la stabilité en Somalie.

“Nous invitons tous les Somaliens qui rejettent la violence, l’extrémisme et le terrorisme à saisir cette occasion pour faire la paix et offrir un meilleur avenir au peuple tout entier”, poursuit le communiqué.

Washington, souligne le texte, est l’un des principaux bailleurs de la Somalie et n’a jamais cessé de jouer un rôle actif sur la scène politique somalienne, minée par 18 années de guerre civile, ponctuée de bouleversements et de chaos politiques.

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Le nouveau premier ministre somalien promet la réconciliation. // Premier promises reconciliation

Somalia’s Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, has pledged Sunday peace and reconciliation, after being sworn as Somali premier.

Speaking to BBC Network Africa, the prime minister said he would rebuild the nation and bring home back the Somali refugees in abroad and the displaced people outside the capital Mogadishu.

The Somali parliament has Saturday overwhelmingly endorsed the nomination of the new Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Sharmrke in Djibouti.

He told before the parliament yesterday that he would form a small cabinet.

The prime minister promised he would bring home the Somali refugees in Kenya and said he would to talk to any group to solve the Somali crises through dialogue.

The new premier, the son of a former president but a relative newcomer to Somalia’s political scene, will face the daunting task of forming an inclusive government and restoring stability to Somalia.

Sharmarke, 48, has worked with the United Nations in Sudan and Sierra Leone, holds Canadian citizenship and obtained degrees in political science and political economy from Carleton University in Ottawa.

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Le représentant permanent des Etats Unis demande au Nigeria d’augmenter ses efforts pour déployer des soldats en Somalie, dans le cadre de la mission de l’UA pour le maintien de la Paix // Deploy More Peacekeepers to Somalia, US Tells Nigeria

United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has called on Nigeria to hasten efforts in deploying its peacekeepers to strife-torn Somalia, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Nigeria has recently pledged to send a battalion to Somalia as part of an AU peacekeeping force.

The US envoy on a visit to Nigeria’s Permanent Repre-sentative to the United Nations, Prof. Joy Ogwu on Friday at the Nigerian House in New York said the United States is currently pursuing a UN peacekeeping commitment in Somalia.

“In this regard, we want to know what is holding back Nigeria’s pledge to send a battalion of peacekeepers to Somalia,” she said.

The US representative said the UN Security Council has already discussed a support package for the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).”

“A firm response from Nigeria on the deployment of its troops will facilitate the (UN) Security Council ‘s planning process and decision by June 1,” the ambassador said.

Rice commended Nigeria for its role in global peacekeeping, noting that Nigeria is not just an important African country, but a major contributor to international peace and security.

She also called for the strengthening of the existing cordial relations between the United States and Nigeria and between their two missions at the United Nations.

Responding, Ogwu expressed gratitude to Rice for the visit and her interest for peace and stability in Somalia and other parts of Africa.

She described the US envoy as a versatile diplomat, noting that her wealth of experience in diplomacy and government would help in her new role at the UN.

Ogwu reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to international peace and security, particularly through peacekeeping missions.

The Nigerian diplomat further reiterated her government’s commitment to its earlier pledge to deploy peacekeepers to Somalia to boost AU mission.

She said Nigeria’s deployment of additional troops to Somalia is being hindered by logistics shortfall and called for support for the effective deployment of the peacekeepers.