London Conference to stop the scramble of Somalia
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The underline cause of London conference is to stop the Kenyan tentative to control Juba land as a buffer zone and the Ethiopian recent incursion inside Somalia to claiming her historical frontier. Menelik II of Ethiopia defined his frontier being up unto Indian Ocean at his victory against the colonist scramble for Africa in 1896. Kenya has been quite a while preparing to annex the Juba land by creating a government and a parliament in Exile in Nairobi her capital. The Ethiopian sudden incursion in Somalia not first and foremost to fight against Al Shabab , since no tourist is kidnapped in that part of the border from Ethiopia but that of the Eritrean side by ARDUF a movement armed and organized by the later by killing 5 and kidnapping 3 . In opposite to the Ethiopians the Kenyan occupation was justified to stop the extremist killing the western tourist in her tourist in areas in the east of its frontier. David Cameroon is running to stop the disintegration of Somalia as a country and prevent the expansion of Ethiopia and Kenya.
The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday endorsing the expansion of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to 17,731 uniformed personnel. Acting ahead of tomorrow’s London Conference on Somalia, the Council also put AMISOM on a predictable financial footing through the enhancement of the United Nations Logistical Support Package and imposed a ban on the import and export of charcoal ban to cut off al-ShabaAb‘s primary funding source. UNTV .
And the London Confrence on Somalia initiated by UK Premier David Cameroon on the moment the Ethiopian and Kenyan army are advancing to scramble Somalia in the name of fighting Al-Shabab rather than giving directly their troops to AMISOM like Uganda and Burundi.
However, Amnesty International said the conference failed adequately to address a “dire human rights situation” in Somalia.
“The recent surge in military operations increases civilians’ vulnerability to attacks and displacement, and brings more arms into a country already awash with weapons,” said Benedicte Goderiaux, Amnesty International’s Somalia researcher.
“This is a lethal mix that could fuel further human rights abuses. At this conference we hoped to see more efforts to improve the safety of the Somali population.”
Representatives from 40 countries, including Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, attended the conference on stabilizing and rebuilding Somalia after decades of war.
“These problems in Somalia don’t just affect Somalia. They affect us all,” Cameron said.
The British leader announced agreements on key areas including a new task force on piracy ransoms and the willingness of three countries — Tanzania, Mauritius and the Seychelles — to take on judicial responsibilities to convict pirates.
“This is a complex jigsaw puzzle where every piece has to be put into place,’ he said.
“In a country where there is no hope, chaos, violence and terrorism thrive. Pirates are disrupting vital trade routes and kidnapping tourists. Young minds are being poisoned by radicalism, breeding terrorism that is threatening the security of the whole world.”
Cameron said the world cannot afford to look the other way any more.
“If the rest of us just sit back and look on, we will pay a price for doing so,” he said. “For two decades, politicians in the West have too often dismissed the problems in Somalia as simply too difficult and too remote to deal with.”
“Clearly, a new and more dangerous theater for terrorist action has emerged in Somalia, and this calls for focused and concerted international effort,” said Kibaki, whose nation hosts the world’s largest refugee camp. Dadaab is brimming with desperate Somalis who have fled their homeland.
Kibaki said it was vital to develop a Somali national security force to guarantee long-term security and stability.
“In this regard, there is need to support the setting up of a nucleus Somali armed force,” he said.
Ali, the Somali leader, said he even welcomed airstrikes to rid his country of Al-Shabaab terrorists.
Clinton pledged to boost U.S. efforts in the nation, and said the focus should be on political progress and bolstering security.
“The transitional federal government was always meant to be just that — transitional,” she said. “It is past time for that transition to occur, and for Somalia to have a stable government. ”
Somalia has not had a central government since 1991, and Al-Shabaab has waged war against the transitional federal government for years.
Clinton said the United States will continue to work with Somali officials to create jobs, provide health and education services, and conflict resolution.
“And today I’m pleased to announce that the United States is providing an additional $64 million in humanitarian assistance to the Horn of Africa countries,” she said.
She said the funds bring the total U.S. emergency assistance to the region up to more than $934 million since last year, including more than $211 million for life-saving programs in Somalia.
Thursday’s session aimed to galvanize the international community to develop a more comprehensive approach toward the country. But there was also recognition that it would take time to bring change to a place that has come to epitomize a failed state.
“We are realistic — Somalia’s problems cannot be solved in a day, but its people deserve a better future, and our own security requires their country to become more stable,” Hague said.
He said the London conference aimed to build a legitimate political process to ensure stability.
“We must keep up the pressure on Al-Shabaab so that their grip on Somalia continues to weaken,” Clinton said.
In recent months, the terror group has lost ground but remains a potent threat in the country. The international community hopes the bolstered African Union force will further degrade the group, creating space for a political solution.
E.J. Hogendoorn, director of the International Crisis Group‘s Horn of Africa project, called Al-Shabaab “resilient” and said the militants will try to regain strength by exploiting the transitional government’s lack of progress,
“Unless a more appropriate political framework is developed for Somalia, Al-Shabaab or its successor will remain a regional and wider international concern for many years to come,’ Hogendoorn said.
Established in 2004, Somalia’s transitional government is weak and needs significant capacity building to consolidate the country’s security gains with political ones.
The international community wants it to meet a timeline for establishing a new government, including writing a constitution, before August when its mandate expires.
The crisis in Somalia has drawn in neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, which have both sent troops directly, while Uganda, Djibouti and Burundi are contributing peacekeepers. The United States has used drones to target militants in Somalia.
Adding to Somalia’s burdens is the fight against famine, which has forced a constant stream of refugees into neighboring nations.
The United Nations declared an end to the famine recently but said the hunger situation remains dire.
The next international meeting on Somalia is scheduled for June in Istanbul, Turkey.
- Act now or ‘pay the price,’ Somalia meeting told (thestar.com)
- Somalia Conference: Game-Changer or Deja Vu? (newsy.com)
- Ethiopian troops seize important town from al Shabaab (telegraph.co.uk)
- Somalia urged to unite behind stable government – The Guardian (guardian.co.uk)
- Somalia: UN votes to increase peace-keeping force to nearly 18,000 troops (guardian.co.uk)
- UN votes to increase African force in Somalia (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- If we just sit back, the world will pay: David Cameron’s stark warning on Somalia (telegraph.co.uk)
- Somalia: A year of progress, as 300 al-Shabab flee (sfgate.com)
- World leaders see Somalia turning point – Sydney Morning Herald (news.smh.com.au)
- UN votes to increase force in Somalia (news.smh.com.au)
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