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Cablegate: Somalis in Asmara Issue Communiqu

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASMARA 000379

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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SUBJECT: SOMALIS IN ASMARA ISSUE COMMUNIQU

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1. On April 17, Poloff received a copy via email of a joint
communiqu issued by Hussein Aideed, Somali TFG Deputy Prime
Minister, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of the Council of Islamic
Courts and Sharif Hassen Sheikh Adan, the exiled Somali Parliament
Speaker. Poloff confirmed with Aideed that the group will be
holding a press conference in Asmara at 1400 on April 17 and report
will follow septel.

2. The text of the communiqu issued in English follows below.
Begin text:


Joint Communiqu

Following intensive talks on the current situation in Somalia and on
exploring viable ways to promote reconciliation between the various
groups in Somalia, Mr. Sherif Hassen Sheikh Adem, Chairman of the
Somali Parliament, Mr. Hussein Mohammed Farah Aidid, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Somali Public Works, and Sheikh Sherif
Sheikh Ahmed, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Union of
Islamic Courts of Somalia (UIC) reached the following:

We express our sincere gratitude to H.E. Isaias Afwerki, President
of the State of Eritrea and the Eritrean people for the positive
role they are playing in finding peaceful solutions to the Somali
people.

We send our deepest condolences to the Somali people and to the
families of martyrs that have made grave sacrifices for the defense
of the religion, nation, dignity and freedom. And we pray to God
Almighty to grant the martyrs Paradise His abode and inspire their
families with resolute patience and fortitude.

We congratulate the heroic people of Somalia, and their victorious
resistance, and we call upon all citizens everywhere to oppose the
Ethiopian occupation, defend their country and guarantee the freedom
and independence of the nation.

We condemn the brutal occupation of Ethiopia in Somalia and call for
its immediate withdrawal from sovereign Somali territory.

We condemn the atrocities committed from Thursday 29th March to the
1st of April 2007 by the Ethiopian armed forces that have resulted
in the killing of approximately 1,086 civilians and wounding of
4,244 sustaining various light and serious injuries.

We condemn the destructive actions undertaken by the Deputy
Secretary of State for African Affairs, which incited Ethiopian

SIPDIS
troops to continue down its path of destruction and genocide against
defenseless civilians via promising financial and political support
to continue its illegitimate war and devote Ethiopian brutal
occupation.

We ask the international community and the United Nations to
establish a special International Tribunal in the search for the
crimes committed against the Somali people and prosecute the
criminals responsible for these hideous crimes.

We condemn Ethiopia for establishing detention camps in its
territory like that of 'Guantanamo Bay' in Cuba, where innocent
people are being tortured.

We inform the world that the Ugandan troops currently in Somali
Capital is a 'Trojan Horse' for the unjust Ethiopian occupation.

We regret and condemn the stand of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda in the
Ministerial Meeting of IGAD member states that was held on Friday
April 13, 2007 against the independence and sovereignty of Somalia,
where they praised and incited the brutal assault carried out by the
Ethiopian troops in Somalia. We commend the honest and genuine
approach of the governments of Eritrea, Sudan and Djibouti towards
their view in the Somali issue.

We request the concerned local and International humanitarian

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organizations to deliver urgent relief supplies to displaced Somalis
everywhere in particular food and medical treatments because
concentration of human population formed suddenly may result in
sweeping epidemics such as cholera and Typhoid.

We bless the meeting, which was held in the city of Leicester;
United Kingdom from 6th to 8th April 2007 organized by the Somali
communities living abroad including intellectuals and politicians
that focused for consulting on unifying the views on the Ethiopian
occupation of Somalia, and bless the communiqu reached during the
meeting. We also urge all citizens to unite the Somali order to be
able to overcome the challenges the country is going through.

Thank you
Asmara, 17th April 2007

End text.

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