Ethiopia's aggression against the Somali people, An Open letter to world leaders
H.E. George W. Bush, U.S. President – Washington, D.C
H.E. Jacques Chirac, President of France – Paris
H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti – Djibouti
H.E. Daniel T. Arap Moi, President of Kenya - Nairobi
H.E.Tony Blair, Prime Minister of U.K – London
H.E. Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada - Ottawa
H.E. Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy - Rome
Gen. Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State – Washington, D.C
Mr. Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense – Washington, D.C
Sen. Tomas Daschle, U.S Senate Majority Leader – Washington, D.C
Sen. Trent Lott, U.S Senate Minority Leader – Washington, D.C
Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, U.S Speaker of the House – Washington, D.C
H.E. Kofi Annan, U.N Secretary General – New York
H.E. Rickard-Martin, President of the U.N Security Council – New York
H.E. Dr. Seung Han, President of the U.N General Assembly – New York
H.E. RomanoProdi, President of the European Commission – Brussels.
H.E. Essy Amara, Secretary General of the OAU – Addis Ababa
H.E. Amre Moussa, Secretary General of the League of Arab States – Cairo
Subject: Ethiopia’s aggression against Somali People
Tuesday, February - 2002
I am writing on behalf of the voiceless people of Somalia and ask all of you to show mercy and spare the people of Somalia from the horrors of another unnecessary war. The people of Somalia have suffered enough and have gone through a brutal and atrocious civil war for the past decade that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.
What Somalia needs, your Excellencies, more than anything else is peace and a strong national government that protects its sovereignty and national interests from enemies of foreign and domestic. The international community can help make Somalia off limits to international terrorism by helping the people of Somalia regain their national dignity and establish a stable national government.
We have lately witnessed criminal warlords who do not know any better than to advocate the bombing of their own people and what little infrastructure they themselves failed to destroy in their terror campaign against Somalia, in order to entertain their vicious and selfish personal agenda.
In the name of humanity, your Excellencies, I strongly urge you not to consult with criminal warlords, such as Hussein Mohamed Farah Aided, and Col.Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, as well as the regime of Meles Zenawi in Addis Ababa on matters concerning Somalia. The Ethiopian regime of Prime Minister Zenawi has clearly demonstrated its desire not to see Somalia stand on her own feet and has sworn to stand in the way of establishing a lasting peace in Somalia.
Today, Hussein Aided is on the same history page with American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh. He is a U.S citizen and former U.S Marine officer at Camp Pendleton, California.
Warlord Aided inherited his father’s notorious USC/SNA faction, as a Chairman, when his father was killed by one of his bodyguards. Aided strongly and openly advocated his father’s terror organization of USC/SNA whom committed crimes against humanity, against United States Marines, against U.N peacekeepers and against thousands of innocent Somali lives on October 3rd, 1993, and dragged the bodies of the U.S elite Delta Forces and Rangers in the streets of Mogadishu.
I am of the opinion that, Aided’s USC/SNA rebel faction and his associates are directly responsible of what happened on October 3rd, 1993. In these contexts, he should be tried before the court of law for his crimes and much other treason activities. I, further suggest that his U.S citizenship status and other privileges should be revoked.
In the meantime, the Ethiopian regime has repeatedly ignored the international community’s appeal on non-interference of Somalia’s affairs. Moreover, It grossly violated time and timely again, on United Nations Security Council resolutions 733 (1992), of 23 January 1992, 746 (1992), of 17 March 1992, 751 (1992), of 24 April 1992, 767 (1992), of 27 July 1992, 775 (1992), of 28 August 1992, and 794 (1992), of 3 December 1992, which strongly called upon the member states – among other thing - to ensure strict implementation of paragraph 5 of resolution 733 (1992).
In paragraph 5 of its resolution 733 (1992), of 23 January 1992, the Security Council, acting under Chapters VII and VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, called upon “that all states shall, for the purpose of establishing peace and stability in Somalia, immediately implement a general and complete embargo on all deliveries of weapons and military equipment to Somalia until the council decides otherwise”.
Further, The U.N. Security Council resolution 733 of 23 January 1992, paragraph 6, calls on “all States to refrain from any action which might contribute to increasing tension and to impeding or delaying a peaceful and negotiated outcome to the conflict in Somalia, which would permit all Somalis to decide upon and to construct their future in peace”.
Your Excellencies, Ethiopian regime of Meles Zenawi is the only neighboring country, in the sub-region of East Africa, who actively engaged and continues to deliver arms and ammunition equipments to Somali warlords, in order to further destabilize and destroy the peace and security on the region, without abiding by the relevant U.N resolutions on arms embargo against any where in Somalia.
In view of the above facts, it proves that the Ethiopian regime has, once again, chosen not to listen the outcry and the will of the Somali people in particular and the world opinion in general. Zenawi and his regime have categorically refused to honor and to respect the international community’s appeal on Somali’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Your Excellencies, I have been living in the United States for almost 20 years, my children and my fellow Somalis need peace and stability in the region more than anybody else. Women and children are greatly suffering. I cherish the value of peace, freedom, respect and democracy. I know what war produces. I know what terrorism creates, and I know what peace brings. Notorious, merciless warlords backed by Ethiopian regime of Meles Zenawi have kidnapped our freedom and human dignity.
I believe time has come to take an action against those Somali warlords, such as Hussein Aided and col. Abdullahi Y.Ahmed, and their harboring country of Ethiopia. Please, don’t let these warlord-terrorist and Meles Zenawi influence any of your respective decisions on the situation of Somalia.
As Ambassador Herman J.Cohen, a former U.S Assistant Secretary of Sate for Africa, and a career distinguished American Diplomat noted his recent article on Somalia that:
“While still a country without a government, Somalia continues to struggle to strive and restore central authority. It therefore remains vulnerable to external manipulation and penetration, as was Afghanistan during the period of Taliban rule. It is to be hoped that despite their suffering, the Somali people will reject any efforts by Al-Qaeda forces to exploit their weaknesses and use Somalia as a base of operations against the United States and the West. At the same time, the United States government should finally understand the failed states, such as Somalia, cannot be ignored in a globalized world, in which both productive and destructive forces cannot be contained within national boundaries.”
It’s also worthy to mention, that the recent article about Somalia of Ken Menkhaus, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Davidson College, and analyst on the Horn of Africa for Foreign Policy in Focus, clearly stated that:
“Somalia does not currently harbor active terrorist bases and camps. Somalia’s Al-Itihad movement abandoned the few towns and rural outposts it once controlled, and has since integrated into local communities as teachers, health workers, and businessmen. Bombing abandoned outposts would be pointless exercise in rearranging rocks”.
With all due respect, Your Excellencies, I and like many other peace-loving Somalis around the globe, are wisely encouraging your good governments to conduct the already fragile and precarious situation of Somalia in a constructive and peaceful manner, and to avoid any such un-necessary attack against those poor and destitute Somali people.
Thank you for your consideration on this urgent situation.
Sincerely;Farah Aden. Ali
Former Somali Diplomat to U.N.
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