Pan-Somali Council for Peace and Democracy (ISRAACA)
4668 Crystal Lake Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Neutral Peacekeepers Should Be Sent to Somalia
Date: February 22, 2005
Columbus - ISRAAC, The Pan-Somali Council for Peace and Democracy is the largest organization for Somali professionals and intellectuals. The primary goal of ISRAACA is to search for peaceful mechanisms for ending the protracted Somali civil war in a negotiated settlement.
The Council condemns in the strongest terms the African Union's Peace and Security Council decision that authorizes Somalia's hostile neighbours to send their troops to Somalia.
Therefore, we categorically reject sending Ethiopian or Kenyan troops to Somalia for the following reasons:
1. Historically, these two countries, particularly Ethiopia, have had hostile relations with the Somali nation and its people. Ethiopia was one of the colonial countries which participated in the partitioning of Somalia. Currently, both Ethiopia and Kenya control Somali regions. Since Ethiopia and Kenya annexed Somali territories in the past, there is no guarantee they have no ulterior designs on the Republic of Somalia today.
2. Ethiopia has been a principal party to the Somali conflict for a long time. It has armed and supported its proxy warlords. The Security Council's Expert Panel Report on Somalia (S/2003/223) confirms that Ethiopia has been sending weapons to Somalia. Ethiopia has also invaded Somali border towns on numerous occasions. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, Ethiopia has been the chief obstacle to the formation of a Somali national government free and independent of Ethiopian hegemony.
Council for Peace and Democracy urges the international community to consider
sending neutral peacekeepers from countries outside the region only under
the following conditions: