Action Group (HAG)
Release May 3, 2005
WE APPLAUD THE INTERNATIONAL DONOR COMMUNITY'S VISIT IN MOGADISHU
In a welcome move, the Prime Minister of Somalia, Mr. Ali Ghedi and
the International donor community, including representatives from the
European Union, the Arab League and the head of the United Nations Political
Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Mr. Babafemi Badajo are visiting Mogadishu,
the capital city of Somalia to assess the pacification initiative of
Mogadishu undertaken by the Hawiye and non-Hawiye members of the Transitional
Somali Parliament. The result of this disarmament plan is remarkable
and deserves an explicit acknowledgement and endorsement by the International
This visit conveys
an important public message about the International Community's commitment
to the war plagued people of Somalia. It says that the International
Community will give greater, not less, priority to these issues in the
future. It also says that Somalis should be given an opportunity to
resolve their political differences through dialogue and peaceful means.
We, the Hawiye Action Group (HAG) applaud such an approach and believe
that it is consistent with the wishes of the people of Somalia.
We thank the donor
community for their efforts to support the Mogadishu disarmament initiative
and their visit to the city. It is important to remember, however, that
the people of Mogadishu are suspicious of the intentions of the Government.
They believe the real reason the Government is not relocating to Mogadishu
is because of hidden political agenda and not security concerns.
Following are measures
the Government of Somalia should undertake to address these concerns:
· The Government
should take advantage of the prevailing goodwill of the people of Mogadishu
and recognize and support the Banadir Region pacification plan.
· The Government should appeal for funds and expertise to the
International donor community to support the demobilization and disarmament
· The Government should relocate to Mogadishu immediately without
· The Government should put forward a comprehensive and serious
disarmament and demobilization program for the entire country.
· The Government should address the outstanding power-sharing
issues and financial mismanagement charges.
We will continue to look for opportunities to support efforts of the
Somali people who are working towards a peaceful resolution of the Somalia
conflict. We encourage all Somalis who want to contribute to peace in
Somalia to do the same.
Mr. Liban Gabeyre