2007 Qaranka Annual Open Appeal letter to The UN Security Council
12 November 2007
Somali Peace Activist
Your Excellency Mr. R. M. NATALEGAWA and other Member States
Dear Security Council President Mr. Natalegawa,
At the onset, I would like to thank the United Nations and the world leaders, who to responding my U.N. Security Council Somalia Open Appeal letters dated on 12 April 2007, 10 October 2006, and 12 July 2005, promised to advice the Council given 17 years of many failed military interventions, the U.N. military potency Somalia policy should have to be changed. The humanitarian situation in Somalia has been deteriorating since 6 December 2006 the Council Resolution 1725 authorized the ministerial-level regional inter-Governmental Authority & Development (IGAD) and African Union (AU) to establish a peacekeeping force in Somalia to protect Somalia Provisional Government.
However, immediately on 24 December 2006 the marching into Somalia according to military experts, between 60,000 and 90,000 heavily armed Ethiopian troops, who violated U.N. Resolution underpinned the U.N. intentionally triggered a war that turned Somalia into Iraq-style catastrophe and killed thousands of innocent civilians. On November 1, 2007, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, “up to 88,000 people have fled Mogadishu this past weekend due to increased fighting.” Last Thursday the Associated Press (AP) reported,” Fifty people have died in 24 hours of fighting that began when Ethiopian troops tried to retrieve the body of a soldier dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.”
Further, on 20 August 2007 the Council citing Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter passed Somalia Resolution 1772 that extended the African Union (AU) Peacekeepers AMISON to protect the Ethiopian protected Somalia Transitional Government. First, there are no really African peacekeepers in Somalia besides the symbolic American paid and transported 1,500 Ugandan troops designed to cover up the Ethiopian forces occupying Somalia and massacring the unarmed Somali civilians mainly in densely populated Mogadishu. African nations that promised troops such Nigeria, Ghana, and Malawi declined sending troops perhaps preoccupied by the striking similarities between Iraq and Somalia. Second, the U.N. to call Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter that Somalia is a threat to the world security, but around the 90,000 heavily armed Ethiopian troops, who turned Somalia into an Iraqi-style catastrophe is not a threat to the region is U.N. double standard and hypocrisy.
Bolivia’s 2003 “La Guerra del Gas”, a popular uprising against the government triggered by the government decision to transport gas through the coast of Chile caused the resignation of the democratically elected president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada because Bolivians still did not forget loosing the 1886 Chile-Bolivia war. In contrast, the U.N. passed Resolution 1772 which called the protection of the Ethiopian protected Somali Transitional Government, despite Ethiopia and Somalia being fought Sub-Sahara Africa’s biggest war in 1978.
As though the Council is the world’s best kept secret of Neo-Colonialism tool, President Mugabe of Zimbabwe’s speech at the 62nd Session of U.N. General Assembly in New York on 26 September 2007 said, “We are averse to a body in which the economically and militarily powerful behave like bullies trampling on the rights of weak and smaller states.” He added, “Its present configuration, the Council has shown that it is not in a position to protect the weaker states who find themselves at loggerheads with a marauding super-power.”
It’s regrettable the U.N. to say it’s the World Peacekeeper, but does not want to discuss let alone condemn nearly the 90,000 heavily armed Ethiopian troops occupying Somalia and clan-cleansing Southern-Central people in particular Mogadishu, who vividly opposed America’s immer sponsoring through the U.N. peacekeeping interventions in Somalia. It’s irony the U.N. in order to justify its silence in Somalia catastrophe, calls the raiding Ethiopian forces a friendly Ethiopian army assisting Somali Government while branding the Somalis who oppose Ethiopian occupation as Islamist insurgents connected to Al Qaeda, meaning you either with us or with them.
Ironically, as though the U.N, wants to instigate a chaos in Somalia, it backed president Yusuf, who is not a constituent from the loosely related Mogadishu and Hargeisa of Somaliland, the two Somalis capitals that after gaining their independence from Italy and Britain united and formed the present Somalia in 1960. Currently he is waging deadly wars against both regions. Mr. Yusuf by needing about the 90,000 heavily armed Ethiopian troops and the 1,500 Ugandan forces to protect him from the Somali people, which the Organization says he should negotiate with, crystal clearly depicts that he lost the trust of the Somalis people. This is like the U.N. for example, endorsing a leader from the Republic of Yemen, who decides to clan-cleanse the populations of Sana’a, North Yemen and Aden, South, the two Yemen capitals that after uniting in 1990 formed the Yemen Republic.
The U.N. endorsed Somalia Provisional Government is the only exile formed government in the world with long cruel 5-year term; it’s is the only government in the world that was formed and brought in the country sitting on the top of the tanks and in the fighter jets of the nation’s historical enemy (Ethiopia) and without their protection could collapse within days. Also, it’s the only government in the world without schools, hospitals, and functioning institutions.
In the West shoplifting a piece of candy that costs as little as 5 cents is violation of the law. But the Western-led U.N. with the 1948 Universal Human Rights Declarations would not even consider mentioning around the 90,000 heavily armed Ethiopia forces that broke Council Resolution and turned Somalia into Iraqi-style catastrophe. Right after 9/11, the Spanish foreign Minister, Mr. Miguel Angel Moratinos said that the problem in the Middle East is that the U.N. Resolution 181 created Arab Palestinian and Israeli state but today only the Israeli state exists.
According to the Italian journal Corriere della Sera, the closest two points between Asia and Africa is the 27.4 Kilometers long Bab el Mandeb straight between the former French Somaliland, Djibouti and Yemen. It added that not only the Gulf of Aden is the one of the world’s busiest waterways that now there is oil in the region but in history the Gulf was like that.
To counter balance the implicit U.N. support to the asymmetric Feudal Ethiopia military aggression, with its nearly 71 ethnic tribes and 71 spoken languages, Somalis might be forced, since it takes only a suitcase-fitted weapon in destabilizing the crucial Bab el Mandeb, to seek assistance from Somalia sympathetic nations such the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Islamic Republic Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the new Islamic Republics of former Soviet Union, the Republic of Turkey, which ruled Somalia during the Othman Empire, and the Arab League. This could be the outset of religious war that could destabilize the Red Sea, the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and beyond.
This year two G-8 EU leaders, the internationally highly trusted German Chancellor Madam Angela Merkel and the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Romano Prodi, both made historic visits to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to raise profound EU concern that the Ethiopia-Somali conflict might become like Israeli-Palestine religious conflict at their Mediterranean and Red Sea backyard. Since Spandau Berlin Conference of 1884, France was using peacefully the former French Somali Coast, Djibouti, as the only French military base outside France to service voyages to her former colonies in the Indian Ocean and Australia’s Pacific coast. It was only a suicidal small craft that sat ablaze the French Limburg oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden in October 2002. Your Excellency,
In little over a decade, the U.N. authorized 5 military peacekeeping missions in Somalia. Since 1992 the Organization had endorsed more military peacekeeping interventions in Somalia than in any other country in the world. In contrast, within a year of Iraq and Afghanistan military interventions, the U.N. called democratic elections. But for 17 years not a single time has the U.N. called an election in Somalia. In irony, Somalia was the first nation in Sub Sahara Africa which held three back-to-back popular democratic elections in 1960, 1964, and 1967 without the presence of any police at the voting stations. A few minutes after the Radio broadcasted live the election results, the Executive Branch and the Somali Parliamentarians walked away from their jobs to let the new-elect transitional government take oath in office.
Finally, the region’s security is vital for the well being of the international community and the Organization should ask Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from Somalia, which is the only way to end the Ethiopian created humanitarian catastrophe in Somalia.
Accept, Your Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration,
Ali E. H. NAALEEYE
The Somalia interested UN General Assembly Member States
The U.N. Secretary General
President of the African Union
The Secretary General of the Arab League
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