Pan-Somali Council for Peace and Democracy (ISRAACA)
4668 Crystal Lake Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
For Immediate Release
Welcomes the American Position on Troops from Frontline States
The Pan-Somali Council
for Peace and Democracy would like to take this opportunity to raise several
important points that relate to the Somali-Ethiopian conflict. Historically,
neighbouring countries, particularly Ethiopia, have had hostile relations
with the Somali nation and its people. Many Somalis consider Ethiopia
to have been one of the colonial countries which participated in the partitioning
of Somalia. Currently, both Ethiopia and Kenya control Somali regions
over which conventional cross-border wars were fought in a number of occasions.
In that regard, and 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.
We urge the United States to help the United Nations take over the peace process. This, we believe, will enhance the likelihood of implementing the peace agreement while taking into account the interest of the Somali people and the security of the region in general. The Pan-Somali Council for Peace and Democracy calls for the United States to give serious consideration to Ethiopia's negative role and potential destructive consequences of its unwelcome interference in the Somali conflict. The government of the United States can help in influencing the Security Council to establish, at an appropriate time in the future, an international war crimes tribunal for Somalia.
The Pan-Somali Council for Peace and Democracy warns against rewarding violence and the use of force as a means to achieving political ends. The international community should not allow the survival and peaceful development of the Somali people to become subservient to personal aspirations and group interests. Thus, we call upon the Security Council and the International Community to send a strong message to that effect to the participants. Human rights abuses by warlords, militias and any other group or groups should not be overlooked.
Finally, the Pan-Somali Council for Peace and Democracy pledges to work with the Somali people as well as others involved in the process in their endeavour to find a lasting peaceful and negotiated settlement.