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Somali transitional government and an opposition group on Friday appealed to their supporters to put aside their differences to facilitate unhindered humanitarian access to the war-torn country.
A statement from the Nairobi-based UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) said the transitional government and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia which were meeting in Djibouti said calm will allow the delivery of the necessary assistance to the people immediately.
"We, as Somali patriots, representing the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, aware of the continuously deteriorating human and humanitarian situation and determined to help our people through this difficult period, and call on our supporters and all Somalis to put aside their differences to facilitate unhindered humanitarian access and the delivery of assistance to the people with immediate effect," said a declaration adopted in Djibouti.
The declaration came as Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said the Djibouti talks were a waste of time and no tangible outcome can be expected.
The exiled former army colonel urged his allies from the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia attending the peace talks to walk out.
"I don’t expect anything tangible to come out of the meeting. What two or three people have agreed upon in a short sitting cannot be of good to the public … It’s just a waste of time," Aweys reportedly said on Thursday.
Negotiations started at the weekend over Somalia’s conflict.
The development also came as UN Security Council called on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to continue contingency plans to deploy a possible UN peacekeeping operation in strife-torn Somalia and to relocate its political office from neighboring Kenya.
In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the UN Security Council members deplored the deteriorating humanitarian situation inside Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since1991, and called on Ban and the international community to therefore intensify their efforts to promote political reconciliation in the country.
The UNPOS is currently based in Nairobi because of the security situation inside Somalia.
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Five Somalis who landed at an airport in the country’s northern sub-state of Puntland were arrested Wednesday minutes after they get off an airplane from neighboring Djibouti, a government official told Radio Garowe.
Yasin Said, the governor of Karkar region in Puntland, told Radio Garowe the group of five Somalis was arrested by Puntland Intelligence Service (PIS) officers at Bossaso airport.
The detainees were then loaded onto vehicles and transported towards Garowe, the capital of Puntland.
But an intervention by a senior government official in Puntland halted the detainees’ trip to Garowe, according to the governor.
"The Security Minister [Abdullahi Said Samatar] gave the order to return the detainees [back] to Bossaso," Gov. Said, referring to the region’s commercial hub.
The governor of Karkar region, which is located south of Bossaso, said he accompanied police units to a checkpoint in the northern part of Qardho, the provincial capital.
Gov. Said stated that he was "displeased" by the detentions, while indicating to Radio Garowe that such an act only harms the image and security of Puntland.
Many people in Bossaso, including traditional elders and community leaders, have condemned the arbitrary arrests of the five Somali civilians.
A Puntland government source said the five detained civilians are accused of receiving military training in Eritrea and of having alleged links with the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), ), an Ethiopian rebel movement made up of ethnic Somali fighters.
A community source privately told Garowe Online that local activists contacted Puntland Vice President Hassan Dahir Afqura, pleading with him to stop PIS agents from transferring the detainees over to the Ethiopian government.
But the Vice President said that he can do nothing in the matter, since a "third hand" was directly involved in the arrests.
The Puntland leader, Gen. Adde Muse, was then contacted in Addis Ababa, where he has been staying for a number of weeks for reasons undisclosed to the public.
Last month, PIS agents in Garowe arrested and handed over to Ethiopian intelligence services two politicians with the ONLF.
Days later, a group of eight civilians were detained by the PIS and later transferred to Ethiopian authorities.
International human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have accused the Ethiopian government of committing war crimes in Somalia and torturing domestic opponents of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
AP – Vendredi 16 mai, 14h28 NAIROBI – Les pourparlers de paix sur la Somalie parrainés par l’ONU ont été ajournés vendredi faute d’accord sur des discussions en face à face entre le gouvernement somalien et une coalition de l’opposition soutenant une insurrection islamiste dans le pays, ont annoncé des diplomates.
Après quatre jours d’entretiens à Djibouti, les deux camps ont accepté de rencontrer à nouveau des diplomates le 31 mai, mais ont refusé d’avoir des discussions directes.
L’Alliance pour la Re-Libération de la Somalie, une large coalition d’opposants regroupant des modérés et des islamistes radicaux, a exclu de participer à des négociations directes tant que le gouvernement somalien n’aura pas accepté de fixer un calendrier pour le retrait des troupes éthiopiennes qui combattent les insurgés au côté de l’armée somalienne.
Selon l’opposition, la réunion n’a rien donné hormis le fait qu’une nouvelle date a été fixée pour un autre rendez-vous. L’envoyé spécial de l’ONU Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah se voulait malgré tout optimiste. "C’est un bon jour pour la Somalie", a-t-il déclaré par téléphone depuis Djibouti. "Nous ne devons pas minimiser ce qui a été accompli."
"La chose la plus importante sur laquelle nous nous sommes mis d’accord est de nous rencontrer à nouveau, il n’y a rien d’autre à mentionner", a précisé de son côté Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, négociateur en chef de l’alliance. AP
May-June 2005, the EPRDF regime massacred more than 200 peaceful protesters who had said no to its vote rigging and blunt fraud. More than 50,000 Ethiopians were rounded up and taken to Zwai, Dedesa, Bir Sheleko, Shoa Robit and other horrible detention centres. More than 35,000 are still languishing there and dozens have been disappeared.
The EPRDF was convincingly defeated in the May 2007 election but it refused to respect the voice and choice of the people (thereby denying them their basic right) and then let loose its Federal police and special murder squads and snipers to liquidate more than 200 innocent people in Addis Ababa. All over Ethiopia, thousands of people were rounded up and sent to the labour camps where the condition of detention has been horrible for years. While a few thousand were released the regime still holds more than 35,000 and has recently arrested more and killed scores of opposition sympathizers in Dessie, Gondar and other places. The ban on the independent press is still in vigour despite pretensions by the regime that free newspapers abound (most are controlled by the regime actually).
SOCEPP calls on all peace loving people and defenders of human rights to put pressure on the Meles Zenawi regime to release ALL the political prisoners in Kaliti,Dedesa, Bir Sheleko,Zwai, Shoa Robit, Jijiga, Gondar, Dessie and so many other places. The regime must also stop the killings and those directly responsible for the massacre of some 200 people in June 2005 should be brought before a proper court of law.
INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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NAIROBI, Kenya: U.N.-sponsored peace talks on Somalia were postponed Friday without a deal on face-to-face discussions between the government and an opposition alliance backing an Islamist insurgency, officials said.
The two sides agreed to meet with diplomats again on May 31 after four days of talks in Djibouti when the two sides refused to hold direct discussions.
The opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, a broad-based group covering both moderates and hard-line Islamists, said it would not be involved in direct talks until the government agrees a timetable for Ethiopian troops fighting the insurgency in Somalia to withdraw.
The opposition said nothing had been achieved except for naming the next date for talks, but U.N. envoy Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah remained upbeat.
"It is a good day for Somalia," he said by telephone from Djibouti. "We should not minimize what has been achieved."
Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, the chief negotiator for the alliance, said: "The most important thing we have agreed is to meet again. There is nothing else worth mentioning."
Ethiopia’s soldiers in Somalia are seen as crucial to the survival of the shaky government.
The government invited Ethiopian intervention in December 2006 when Islamist fighters seized control of most of central and southern Somalia, including the capital, Mogadishu.
The Ethiopians swiftly drove the Islamists out of Mogadishu but have since got bogged down as the insurgents fought back with tactics including roadside bombings and occasional suicide attacks.
France plans to radically reduce the number of military personnel it deploys overseas in active theatres of war.
The Defense Minister, Herve Morin made the statement on Wednesday at the end of a parliamentary committee on the matter.
"Who thinks in 15 or 20 years to come – with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disappearance of the Warsaw Pact and the enlargement of the European Union – that we will need 50,000 men in central Europe?” he asked.
Morin did not elaborate but did say that President Nicolas Sarkozy had indicated his desire to cut back the number sharply, AFP reported.
This is while back in April, Morin had already confirmed the loss of 6,000 defense jobs per year over the next six or seven years – out of a current total of 426,000 military and civilian defense ministry employees.
New government proposals to lay down a military policy framework for the next 15 years are scheduled for publication in June.