Friday, July 23, 2010

Uganda: Region 'Not Happy' With Progress of Somalia Talks

Kampala — Mr Johnnie Carson, the US assistant secretary of state for Africa, made brief comments about Washington's commitment to Somalia after a marathon meeting of African leaders he called to consider the way forward in Mogadishu.The comments did not reveal much but inside the meeting, diplomatic and security sources said a lot of ground was covered-but apparently not enough for Uganda.
Fast reaction
The Uganda government represented at the meeting by President Museveni, who later left Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to continue, has been pushing the line for fast reaction to the threat posed by al Shabaab, the militant group affiliated to the global terrorist organisation, al Qaeda. The al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the July 11 terror attacks in Kampala which left more than 80 dead.A Cabinet source said President Museveni was unhappy that the US, the most important funder of the peacekeeping effort in Somalia, had not "written a sizeable cheque" for the expanded operations anticipated.
"We are looking for more men and money. Unfortunately, while Washington has deep pockets, they are failing to commit in definite terms," the source said. When President Museveni walked out of the hall after his counterparts Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, and other leaders, he was tight-lipped.

"There is a government spokesman," he told journalists. Other heads of state were equally opaque about the talks. "The agenda was Somalia," was all President Zenawi, whose troops routed the Union of Islamic Courts which was in power in Somalia in 2006, and under whom the al Shabaab develop, said. That Ethiopian invasion is what later led to the vacuum that gave rise to the current al Qaeda-led threat there."The frustration right now is on financing," said government spokesman Mr Fred Opolot. "Even if many countries have expressed condolences to Uganda [for the 7/11 attacks] they are not committing to do more". Only Uganda and Burundi have troops in Mogadishu where the al Shabaab have continued to attack their militaries. Mr Opolot said with US involvement, Uganda hoped, other countries would be encouraged to support a plan for a more robust assault against the al Shabaab.During the summit, it has been announced that Guinea and Djibouti would send troops -- at least 2,000 coming from Djibouti which is also host to Camp Lemonier, the only US base on the African continent.
Currently, peacekeeping troop levels-given official and unofficial numbers- average between 6,000 and 7,000 men. "The summit has created a momentum and President Museveni has taken the opportunity to garner more structured support but to put figures on the table cannot happen at a meeting like yesterday," said EU Head of Delegation, Ambassador Vincent de Visccher. He said calls for more action in the meeting had been echoed by Mr Zenawi, Mr Kikwete and others. "Financial assistance will materialise soon because we agreed on more focused efforts," he added.

Increased remuneration
The EU provides training for Somali soldiers and police, and provides money for salaries. In yesterday's meeting, however, reliable sources said, they agreed only in principle to consider increased remuneration for AMISOM troops who are paid less than UN troops in Sudan's troubled western region of Darfur (they get $500 per month as opposed to the $1,080 paid in Darfur).Amb. De Visscher said the EU, and individual European countries have been convinced of the need for the "accelerated support" that Uganda was calling for. No decision was taken on the changing the peacekeeping mandate for AMISOM to peace enforcement by press time.   Angelo Izama 27 July 2010

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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

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