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Cablegate: Somalia - December 16, 2008 Communique of The

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INFO SOMALIA COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

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SUBJECT: SOMALIA - DECEMBER 16, 2008 COMMUNIQUE OF THE
INTERNATIONAL CONTACT GROUP

1. (U) SUMMARY. The International Contact Group (ICG) on
Somalia met December 16 at the United Nations (UN) in New
York to discuss Somalia's ongoing political process, security
issues, reconstruction, and the humanitarian situation
(reported septel). The meeting concluded with the adoption
of a communique noting a majority of participants favored a
UN peacekeeping operation for Somalia. The text of the
communique is as follows. END SUMMARY.

2. (U) Begin communique text.

International Contact Group on Somalia
16 December 2008
UN Headquarters (UNHQ), New York
Communique

The International Contact Group on Somalia met on 16 December
2008 at the UNHQ in New York under the chairmanship of the UN
Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG)
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah.

The Contact Group expresses its serious concern regarding the
continued dispute between the leaders of Somalia's
Transitional Federal Institutions, which only serves as a
distraction from the political dialogue process. The Contact
Group calls on all parties to put aside disagreements and to
work together in the interest of lasting peace and stability
to implement the Djibouti Agreement and resume the
constitutional process outlined by the Transitional Federal
Charter.

In this regard, the Contact Group welcomes the 26 October
declaration between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG)
and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) to
form a unity government. This agreement paves the way for
the creation of a unity government representing the majority
of the Somali people, and is another key step in the Djibouti
Peace Process. The Contact Group urges all Somali parties to
participate constructively in this process, which provides
the only comprehensive framework for peace in Somalia.

The Contact Group further welcomes the 26 October ceasefire
agreement between the TFG and ARS and the 24 November
establishment of a verification and monitoring mechanism
(VMM) to promote a full ceasefire arrangement in Somalia.
The Contact Group reiterates its commitment to provide
financial and political support for this agreement and the
work of the Joint Security Committee (JSC). It also
recognizes the need to support the UN-trained police force.

The Contact Group expresses its great appreciation for the
important work of the Africa Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) under difficult conditions and recognizes its urgent
need for more resources and material support. The Contact
Group urges the international community to address this
together with the need for an accelerated political process.
The Contact Group recalls its support for the deployment of
the stabilization force requested in the Djibouti Agreement.
In that context various proposals were discussed including
the deployment of a UN Peacekeeping Operation, for which
significant support was expressed while a few delegations
preferred that the issues be discussed in more depth.

The Contact Group condemns the continuing violence in
Somalia, particularly the taking of hostages and targeted
attacks against civilians and humanitarian workers. The
Contact Group calls on all parties to immediately cease all
hostilities and allow free and unhindered access for
much-needed humanitarian aid.

The Contact Group also condemns piracy, which was discussed
in the Security Council in parallel with the Contact Group
meeting and at a UN Political Office for Somalia
(UNPOS)-convened meeting in Nairobi. The Contact Group sees
this as a result of the lawlessness and lack of effective
government institutions and believes it illustrates the
danger of ignoring a failed state. The Contact Group
therefore stresses the need for a comprehensive approach to
address the underlying causes.

The Contact Group expresses deep concern about the human
rights situation in Somalia and calls for an end to the
continuing culture of impunity. Preparations should be made
for reconstruction and development to give hope to Somalis,
particularly the large number of unemployed youth.

The next Contact Group meeting will be held at a date and

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location to be determined.

Present at Meeting: Burundi, Canada, Djibouti, Egypt,
Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Norway, Saudi
Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, United Kingdom, USA,
Yemen, African Union, European Union, European Commission,
Organization of Islamic Conference, United Nations, World Bank

3. (U) End communique text.
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