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19/08/07 (B409) ALL AFRICA.COM / L’Erithrée méprise l’information selon laquelle, les USA pourrait ajouter son pays à la liste des nations soutenant le terrorisme. Il accuse les Ethiopiens d’être les responsables du drame en Somalie. Il rappelle qu’un rapport d’une agence des Nations Unies dénonce l’utilisation d’armes au phosphore par les Ethiopiens – Eritrea: Country Scorns U.S.’s Goal of Adding It to Terrorism List (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

-The Eritrean government disdained remarks by the American secretary of state for African affairs, Jendayi Frazer, who said Friday that Eritrea will be added to the list of states that sponsor terrorism.

In an interview with Shabelle, Ali Abdou Ahmed, Eritrea’s information minister, said it was not appropriate for his government to react, stressing that the U.S. State Department repeatedly failed its foreign policy in Somalia.

“Everybody knows who is doing what in Somalia.

We will not indulge ourselves to a level to talk about this. Actually, I would like to thank her for exposing herself and her ill-wishes towards the Eritrean people,” he said.

He said Somalia is under Ethiopian occupation and the federal government was imported in the country with out the consent of the people. “There is no government in Somalia,” he said, indicating that his government backs the Somali people to have their choice of government. He said no one is to be forced with they do not want. “It is the Ethiopian invasion in Somalia,” he added.

Asked if he finds it fair that Ethiopian and Eritrea should fight a proxy war in Somalia, Abdou Ahmed insisted that there was never an Eritrean soldier in the soil of Somalia. He said Somalia is under the invasion of Ethiopia.

“We never tried to fight a proxy in Somalia because we do not have a border with it. Why should we go to Somalia? All we are interested are peace and reconciliation among the Somali people. But the Ethiopian forces in Somalia kill and massacre the people,” h e said.

Nonetheless, the American officials say Eritrea, on the Red Sea, has been trying to destabilize the fragile government in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The T.F.G. came to power after Ethiopian troops, backed by the United States, invaded Somalia and toppled an administration run by the radical Islamists.

Ahmed says Somalis loved the Islamic Courts Union during their six months of control in the Horn of African nation.

A United Nations report made public last month said Eritrea was secretly shipping large amounts of arms to Islamist fighters in Somalia, possibly including explosive belts used by suicide bombers and surface-to-air missiles.

The UN report also criticized actions by Ethiopian troops in Somalia, accusing them of using white phosphorous bombs that killed both insurgents and civilians in Mogadishu in April.

Both Eritrea and Ethiopia have denied the United Nations allegations, but American intelligence officials believe that the fighting in Somalia has in some ways turned into a proxy war for the two bitter enemies, which fought a border war during the 1990s.

Somalia has had no effective central government since the ouster of former dictator, Mohammed Siad Barre, in 1991.

19/08/07 (B409) ALL AFRICA.COM / Somalie : deux attaques nocturnes (samedi soir) de poste de police à la grenade, attribuées à des insurgés – Somalia: Insurgents Attack Police Stations Overnight (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

Suspected Islamist-led insurgents attacked two police stations in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, overnight.

According to government officials, insurgents carried out ambush attacks on Wabari and Wadajir police stations in south of Mogadishu on Friday night.

Speaking to Shabelle by the phone, Ahmed Daai, the chairman of Wadajir district, said unknown gunmen attacked the station around 8: 30 p.m. local time.

He said the assailants used rocket propelled grenades. “The police defended themselves and their base. They fired back and there were no casualties in our side,” he said.

The second insurgent attack targeted Wabari police station around 11: 15 p.m. local time. The head Somali public and press relations, Abdiwahid Omar, told Shabelle that there were exchanges of gunfire between the police and the suspected Islamists. He said there no casualties on the police side.

Meanwhile government police have conducting weapons search operations in parts of Mogadishu on Saturday following several grenade blasts that rocked the capital in the last 48 hours.

On Saturday three police officers have been seriously wounded in a roadside bomb explosion around Somalia’s police academy at the center of the capital.

According witnesses, the police vehicle went under the land mine which was remotely detonated.

The blast took place at 7: 15 a.m. local time.

Three government police officers have been seriously wounded in a roadside bomb explosion around Somalia’s police academy at the center of the capital.

According witnesses, the police vehicle went under the land mine which was remotely detonated.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that two government officials were onboard.

19/08/07 (B409) AP – Au moins 18 morts dans un affrontement pour des terres dans le centre de la Somalie (Info lectrice)

Au moins 18 personnes ont été tuées et 15 autres blessées au cours d’affrontements entre milices de deux clans rivaux pour des terres à pâturages et des puits dans le centre de la Somalie, ont rapporté des témoins.

“La milice utilise des lance-grenades et d’autres armes lourdes, poussant les habitants à fuir”, a déclaré Abdi Hirey, témoins de ces affrontements, au cours d’une communication-radio.

La bataille se poursuivait dans la journée, dans les villages de Mahas et Wabho, à environ 480 km au nord-est de Mogadiscio, dans le centre de la Somalie.

Pendant la saison sèche dans cette zone aride, les pâturages et l’eau pour le bétail se font rares, faisant escalader les tensions entre groupes d’éleveurs.

18/08/07 (B409) AP – Washington pourrait placer l’Erythrée sur sa liste noire des pays finançant le terrorisme

Par Matthew Lee AP

Les Etats-Unis envisagent de placer l’Erythrée sur sa liste des pays considérés comme des Etats qui financent des organisations terroristes, a fait savoir vendredi la responsable du Département d’Etat pour les affaires africaines. Washington accuse Asmara de soutenir les militants islamistes en Somalie.

Les autorités américaines sont en train de bâtir un dossier à charge contre l’Erythrée afin de justifier une telle mesure, qui signifierait, entre autres, l’imposition d’importantes sanctions contre ce pays de la Corne de l’Afrique, selon la secrétaire d’Etat adjointe Jendayi Frazer. La liste noire de la diplomatie américaine inclut déjà des pays tels que Cuba, l’Iran, la Corée du Nord, la Syrie et le Soudan.

“Nous devons préparer le dossier contre eux, nous réunissons ces informations en ce moment même”, a-t-elle déclaré devant la presse, précisant qu’une décision serait prise à l’issue d’un processus impliquant les différentes agences du gouvernement américain.

Mme Frazer a déclaré que Washington approuve les conclusions d’un récent rapport d’experts mandatés par les Nations unies, selon lesquelles l’Erythrée serait la principale source d’armes et de financement des insurgés islamistes en Somalie, dont certains sont soupçonnés d’entretenir des liens avec Al-Qaïda.

Les islamistes avaient pris le contrôle de la capitale somalienne, Mogadiscio, l’été dernier, mais ont été défaits en décembre par les soldats somaliens, lourdement appuyés par l’armée éthiopienne. Ils continuent cependant de faire régner la violence avec pour but déclaré d’installer une théocratie en Somalie.

Les relations entre l’Erythrée et l’Ethiopie sont extrêmement tendues depuis l’indépendance de l’Erythrée en 1993, après 30 années de guérilla. Un accord de cessez-le-feu a mis fin en 2000 à un conflit armé de deux ans et demi sur la frontière entre les deux pays.