Thursday, June 25, 2009

Somalia: Stakeholders Face-Off in Washington

(VIDEO) Hearing: Prospects for Lasting Peace and a Unified Response to Extremism and Terrorism
There is plenty of misinformation in Washington and other world capitals about the true situation in Somalia.The U.S. Congress has invited Somali stakeholders to Washington, D.C., to testify in front of the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. The hearing, scheduled for Thursday June 25, will allow Somali political actors to speak directly to U.S. policymakers and present a case for ending the 19-year old Somali civil war.
The showdown in Washington will offer testimonies from three presenters from Somalia - Dr. Abdirahman Mohamed "Farole," President of Puntland; Terrorism in Pseudo-State Somaliland Foreign Minister Abdullahi Mohamed Du'ale??? and Mr. Mohamed Oomar, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Mogadishu. Ugandan Defense Minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, will also address the Congressional hearing on the theme, " Somalia: Prospects for Lasting Peace and a Unified Response to Extremism and Al-Shabab Terrorism." It is an important Congressional hearing, since it is the first time U.S. policymakers will be exposed to first-hand testimony from Somali officials who wield influence and power in Somalia. The Puntland government's decision to send a high-level delegation to Washington can be translated as an indication of how serious Puntland is about peace and stability in Somalia.
There is plenty of misinformation in Washington and other world capitals about the true situation in Somalia. Supporters of the TFG, if the name still applies, tell the world that the TFG controls Mogadishu and is a government. In reality, the only factual thing about the TFG is the "transitional" part of its name - it is neither "federal" nor a "government." Supporters of Somaliland often flood Internet sites with misinformation, labeling other regions of Somalia as "violent" while portraying Somaliland Somali to be "peaceful and democratic." In reality, there is no democracy in Somaliland, so.. .***Witness and Briefers have been added and Dualeh from Somaliland. has been removed.where an African dictator has extended his mandate illegally two times since 2008. While many regions of Somaliland enjoy peace, the conflict with Puntland over Las Anod city is a present-day danger and the SOMALILAND town of Burao has long been a major base for Islamist guerrillas waging war in southern Somalia.
In Puntland, the situation is unique as new President Farole won a peaceful election in January and has already made progressive steps to restore the region's image as a stable and governable part of Somalia. President Farole has articulated his government's plan to combat piracy and to protect the region's marine resources. In Puntland, there is a strong desire for change, as demonstrated by the organized and peaceful election followed by the smooth transition of power.
The U.S. government has an opportunity to listen to Somali officials present separate cases in efforts to restore national order in the country. Beyond the talk, it is time for a dramatic shift in U.S. policy regarding Somalia. If U.S. policy does not change, the alternative is that Islamist guerrillas will take over south-central Somalia and pose a serious threat to peace and stability beyond war-ravaged Horn of Africa country.http://www.internationalrelations.house.gov/hearing_notice.asp?id=1093
Original date published: 22 June 2009
Source Url: http://allafrica.com/stories/200906230005.html?viewall=1
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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