Cablegate: Somalia: Letter From Tfg President Yusuf to The
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SUBJECT: SOMALIA: LETTER FROM TFG PRESIDENT YUSUF TO THE
INTERNATIONAL CONTACT GROUP
REF: NAIROBI 2326
1. Per reftel, we followed up with the Somalia Embassy in Nairobi
and received the attached letter from TFG President Yusuf to the
International Contact Group meeting in London.
2. Text of letter:
Honorable Representatives of the Contact Group:
I wish to express my appreciation for the support of the
International Contact Group for achieving peace and stability in
Somalia. Though I could not be with you, I have sent my Foreign
Minister to demonstrate the importance I attach to this meeting.
I would like to take this opportunity to assure the Contact Group of
I and the entire Transitional Federal Government are working
extremely hard to promote national reconciliation. In support of
that process, I have been meeting constantly with all of the clans
and sub-clans in Somalia, including Hawiye sub-clans. I believe that
all Somalis who reject violence and terrorism should participate in
the reconciliation process.
I fully support the holding of the National Reconciliation Congress
as scheduled in mid-June. In that regard, I support the efforts of
Ali Mahdi and his National Reconciliation Committee to hold the
Congress, with the selection of delegates to be made by the clans
themselves through the 4.5 formula as laid-out by the independent
National Reconciliation Committee.
In order to hold the Congress, funding is urgently needed from the
international community. I appeal to all of you to provide the
necessary support immediately.
In addition, I wish to emphasize that my government will continue to
work closely with international organizations and institutions to
facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
The assassination attempt against Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi
and other violence that is occurring in Mogadishu reflect the
efforts of terrorists and radicals to disrupt the Somali
We are determined that these efforts will not be allowed to succeed.
With the support of the Contact Group, national reconciliation will
marginalize these radicals and terrorists. We will not be deterred
from the goal of achieving national reconciliation and call on the
Contact Group to demonstrate its support for the legitimate
institutions of the Transitional Federal Government.
I wish to thank the Government of Ethiopia and the African Union,
particularly through the deployment of Ugandan forces for AMISOM,
for their continuing support.
I look forward to remaining in close contact with all of you as we
work together to pursue our shared goal of building peace and
stability in Somalia.
Please accept the assurance of my highest esteem and consideration.
Signed June 6, 2007 by H.E. President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed
Transitional Federal Government of the Republic of Somalia