After reading the minute of the two days meeting “Somalia: building stability, accepting reality” held at Wilton Park on the 7th and 9th of Feb, 2011, organized by the British foreign and commonwealth office;
From: Farah Noor [mailto:email@example.com]
To: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’; ‘email@example.com’
Subject: Essential solution to Somali conflict
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign
and Commonwealth Affairs-UK
Italian Foreign Minister
After reading the minute of the two days meeting “Somalia: building stability, accepting reality” held at Wilton Park on the 7th and 9th of Feb, 2011, organized by the British foreign and commonwealth office; after we have heard your interview of the same topic with VOA on the 16th of Feb, 2011. We hereby on behave of a vast majority of Somali intellectuals want to express our deeply felt gratitude to you, to your UK government, and to the other international partners—those who share with the same concern about the two decade-old deteriorating security situation in Somalia; for your courage and your commitment to re-launch a collective and comprehensive peace process for Somalia. That we are hoping will bring to an end to the long suffering of the Somali people, and might also put to rest the notion that the international community hasn’t done enough to seclude Somalia. We also want to recognize the sincere effort of the UN special representative for Somalia, who seem
s far more distinct from his predecessor in the first 10-months of his assignment.
However, as citizens of that failed state of Somalia, we are keen to offer our earnest ideal contribution, which is based on the past and present experiences of the situation, as how to tackle this agony and here it is:
(1) Due to the racial, cultural and religious homogeneity of the Somali people, as well as the geographical landscape of the country; Somalia is and must always be dealt as an inseparable nation. And for that reason, the international community—especially the colonial states of Somalia must not harmonize to any tribe ululating for secession from the rest. Because, such action will certainly open a Pandora box of border dispute between rival tribes; which has already been in a low-key motion ever since the tribally oriented people of Isaac (one of the Somali tribes in the British protectorate Somaliland), declared a unilateral secession without the consent of the other tribes in the region, who are not aligned with their separatism ideology. For instance, the Samaroon tribe of Awdal region, whose backyard boy—Professor Abdi Ismail Smatar is the strongest defender of Somali unity thus far, had never endorsed this idea. Let alone, the Dulbahante and Warsangeleh tribes of Sool and Sanag regions who have been in a fiercely bloody fight for the last couple of months, with what they call “the expansionist Isaac militia” who trespassed into their divinely allotted land, according to one of their traditional leader, Mohamud Omar Amey.
Furthermore, the former Italian colonies in the south and central regions of Somalia are also on an unyielding stand against such aspiration by any individual tribe.
(2) The unvarnished history of the U.N., AU and IGAD roles in Somalia was and still is one of tragic missed opportunities and strategic and operational blunders not justified by the situation’s realities. Therefore, we belief that the former colonial states of Somalia, (the United Kingdom and Italy) in conjunction with the United States and other members of the international community; could be better suited to take the lead in dealing with the chronic crises of Somalia, than the aforementioned organizations. But, that too will end in vain in the absence of a multiple-front strategies that includes (a) economic, education and income generating opportunity for the youth population; as threat, frustration and difficulty life condition were the culprits that gave rise to this mess in the first place, (b) genuine reconciliation among the various groups including those Self-styled leaders of Punt-land, Somaliland and Galmudug or an effective substitute from their entities should they decide to remain in contention; religious and traditional leaders as well as civil society and a new generation of intellectuals from up road; with the role of the international community remains just to facilitate the Somalis devise a comprehensive strategy for transforming the way in which the country is governed without external influences.
(3) Once the military super power in Africa; the international community has to reinvent a Somali national force which we think is the only effective way to quell the chaos and restore a long lasting peace throughout the country—both its Sea and Land borders. And perhaps, it can be possible in a less costly manner than now being spent into AMISOM contingent that controls only view premises in Mogadishu with the expense of enormous civilian casualties!
However, although external military assistance might still be a necessity to safeguard the feeble institution; it has to be a transition to a long lasting solution, but not as an open ended-mission as its now!
Contact: Farah H (Kolley)