Action Group (HAG) - Press
Immediate Release April 11, 2005
Another looming War in the Horn of Africa
It is with dismay that we have learned that the President of Somalia signed
the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade (EASBRIG) Protocol today in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia against the wishes of the people and the Parliament of Somalia.
Protocol) This Protocol is particularly stressing because of the fact
that signatory nations surrender their sovereignty allowing other nations
to intervene militarily in the event of internal conflict.
the Hawiye Action Group (HAG) believe that this Protocol is specifically
designed to give Ethiopia a much-sought legal military involvement in
Somalia. This will allow Ethiopia to operate in Somalia with impunity.
again we remind the new Government of Somalia is transitional administration
and its mandate is to reconcile the people of Somalia and does not have
the power to legally sign such a Protocol that has future implications
for Somalia as a nation.
strongly reject this Protocol with a view to the International Community,
the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia and People of Somalia:·
appeal to the International Community and the United Nations Security
Council to reject this Protocol and note that the Transitional Federal
Parliament of Somalia has voted in a resolution to deny "Frontline
States" which includes Ethiopia to be part of any possible peacekeeping
Operations in Somalia on March 17, 2005.
· We call upon the United Nations Security Council to require IGAD
nations to respect UN Resolution 1474 that establishes Arms Embargo on
Somalia and demand that any military deployment in Somalia must be authorized
by the United Nations security Council first.
· We ask the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia to reject
this Protocol and not ratify it. We also request that the Parliament proceeds
impeaching the President immediately in acting against the interest of
the nation and the wishes of the people of Somalia.
· We urge the people of Somalia to mobilize in preparation to face
the naked aggression of Ethiopia for we believe that they have not yet
exhausted their bag of tricks to invade Somalia.
· We ask the people of Somalia to seek common ground in resolving
the important political issues through peaceful means and dialogue.
Mr. Liban Gabeyre
Mr. Liban Gabeyre, from
Ahmed H. Ali