Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rawlings: Somalis must lead the quest for peace

                                              Mr. Jerry John Rawlings

Ghana's former President and African Union (AU) High Representative for Somalia, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings says the people of Somalia must be given an opportunity to lead the quest for peace in their country.

President Rawlings said Somalis must be encouraged to embrace a sense of nationalism and recognise that without a patriotic zeal to work together to resolve the crisis, their country will continue to sink.

Speaking at an extraordinary summit of the six-nation Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa on Sunday, President Rawlings sought the support of the regional group to interface with the factions in Somalia to instil in them the need to embrace the peace process and suggest ways of resolving the crisis.

IGAD, a regional group of countries with close proximity to Somalia, comprising Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Sudan was instrumental in the appointment of President Rawlings as AU High Representative.

President Rawlings said the Somalia issue had taken a life of its own escalating onto the high seas through piracy and terrorist activity as happened in last July's twin bombings in Kampala, Uganda.

In attendance at the IGAD meeting were Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, Presidents Omar Al Bashir of Sudan, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, Djibouti's Omar Guelle and Sharif Ahmed of Somalia. Also present were former Presidents Pierre Buyoya of Burundi and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. The two were instrumental in brokering the peace process in Sudan.

President Rawlings has held a series of high-level meetings with major stakeholders and contributors to the peace process in Somalia.

He also held a meeting with Somali President, Sharif Ahmed. The two discussed the situation in Somalia and the Somali President expressed his commitment to the desire by President Rawlings to interface with the various factions to work for the common good of Somalia.

On Friday January 28, President Rawlings held meetings with Mr. Ahmed Salah Al-Dein Noah, Ambassador of the League of Arab States to Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the American Ambassador to the AU, Mr. John Battle and Koen Vervaeke, European Union Special Representative to the African Union as well as a host of ambassadors from the EU.

On Sunday morning President Rawlings also participated in the opening session of the Summit of Head of State of the African Union held at the auditorium of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.



Author: Jerry John Rawlings/Visit Former President Rawlings' blog site/http://jjrawlings.wordpress.com/
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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

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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

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