Djibouti has sharply denied accusations that it played a role in fueling violence in neighboring Somalia.
|Djibouti's President Ismael Omar Guelleh attends the IGAD summit in Addis Ababa, 14 June 2008|
President Afewerki also criticized Washington, saying its preoccupation of hunting down terror suspects is complicating Somalia's peace process.
The international community has often accused Eritrea of supporting hard-line Islamic insurgents who have vowed to overthrow the Somali government.
Ambassador Roble Olhaye Oudine, Djibouti's Permanent Representative to the United Nations told VOA that Asmara is deflecting accusations of its own role in destabilizing Somalia.
"I think that is a very self-inflicting statement because he (Afewerki) is just trying to deflect an ever-growing concern by the international community about Eritrea's ever-growing involvement in Somalia's internal affairs," said Ambassador Olhaye Oudine.He said Asmara has often backed insurgents who are fighting the Somali government."They've been behind the insurgency and fueling chaos and fomenting troubles and training and arming, funneling, funding, so there are all kinds of accusations against them," he said.Ambassador Olhaye Oudine said Asmara is pointing accusing fingers at neighboring countries."Nobody has so far heard this new claim by him (Afewerki) where he accused not only Djibouti, but he said, if I read his statement correctly, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. I think that is the way he put it," Ambassador Olhaye Oudine said.
|Soldiers prepare to fire M-4 carbines during training on a range in rural Djibouti as Djiboutian Army troops observe|
He expressed doubt over Asmara's accusation.
"Who is listening to Asmara? Who is giving credibility to Asmara and who is going to justify that statement? They are saying the obvious (because) what is accused against them is what they try always to deflect and say on others," he said.
Ambassador Olhaye Oudine denies Djibouti played a role in destabilizing Somalia.
"There is nothing to justify that Djibouti is doing anything, and we don't have to defend ourselves on that because this is the very first statement by somebody who is indicted and who has been totally accused and condemned of his activities in Somalia, who is now speaking and hurling countercharges against other countries," Ambassador Olhaye Oudine said...more..http://www.voanews.com/english/africa/2009-10-22-voa3.cfm?rss=africa