SOMALI PEACE RALLY (Dire-dawa, November 30th 2002)
Somali Peace Rally – Despite the recent
signing of cease fire amongst the Somali warlords at Eldoret, and
notwithstanding the UN's embargo of weapon to Somalia, Col. Yusuf of
Puntland is gearing up for new attack at the stronghold of his political
enemies at Dhudo in Bari region of Puntland.
The Colonel who left Eldoret about a week ago obviously decided to wage a
war against Dhudo where his former Comrade-in-arms, General Adde Musse has
recently established a command post for consolidating the Anti-Yusuf
resistance. General Adde is accompanied by distinguished military officers
including Col. Ilkajiir. These new developments and the swelling of number
of fighters in Dhudo worried the Colonel.
In the middle of this past week Col. Yusuf flew to Ethiopia in order to seek
ammunition and other military assistance in order to extend his trade mark
to the areas outside his brutal hegemony. Reportedly, Col. Yusuf asked his
commanders in Gaalkacyo to send three N-3 Fiat trucks to Dire-dawa. The
trucks will change their Somali plate numbers at Galladi, a border town, and
will proceed to their destination with Ethiopian plate numbers. It is the
same trucks that have hauled weapons continuously from Dire-dawa for the
last few years.
The international community, including the UN team monitoring the violation
of the ban on weapons to Somalia should take note of the Colonel's naked
efforts to re-start a new bloodshed in Puntland. The relevant institutions
should not pencil-totting teams to Puntland next year.
Somali Peace Rally (SPR) will closely monitor the Colonel's efforts to wreak
havoc in a previously peaceful region. It is no secret that this dictator
committed atrocities against human rights in Puntland, and this trend is
expected to continue. SPR is condemning the new war drums in Puntland, and
asking all parties involved in Somali affairs to be vigilant on the
Colonel's new suicidal actions in Puntland and elsewhere.