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Appeal for political support for the peace process between Somali Ethno-nationalist Movements and the Ethiopian government

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Hailemariam Dessalegn
Ethiopian foreign minister

                                                                                                              Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State

                                                                                                                William Hague
 British Secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth Affairs

                                                                                                               Re: Appeal for political support for the peace process between Somali Ethno-nationalist Movements and the Ethiopian government 

As senior politicians of world affairs in general, and that of Africa in particular, you are undoubtedly aware of the half-century long conflict between Ethiopia and the Somali ethnic minority in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. Hence, it would be unnecessary amplification to remind you that the people of this region who as you all know are Somalis soul-and-blood, have been in peril and humanly caused catastrophe in decades; due to endless wars that has so far left no winners but survivors! This followed when the British colonial power handed over this region to then the Ethiopian government, and abandoned the protectorate basis in east Africa. Thereafter, the people of the region felt that their right for freedom and self-determination is unjustly deprived. Nevertheless, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”!

Furthermore, the ramification of this ill-conceived arbitrary decision prompted persistent political and practical confrontation between the kin governments of Somalia and the previous Ethiopian rulers. Thereby, among other smaller but countless skirmishes, the all-out wars of the 1964th, right after the Somali independence and that of 1977th were the most distinguished confrontation between the two nations.

From that time on, generational enmity between these two nations/people in the past and/or perhaps partially present over the Ogaden region distracted concentration from pursuing better life and neighbor-ship for the people in the horn, who share two of the longest rivers on surface in the continent as well as other underground natural reserve. Consequently, the people in both sides of the isle (the Somalis and Ethiopians) live in the lowest per capita of the entire world’s poverty scale!

However, based on the above-mentioned undeniable facts, the issue of the Somali region in Ethiopia is a bona-fide factor when dealing with the east African complicated matter; and it should be inevitable and inseparably interlocked into any scheme meant to resolve the anarchic situation in that part of the world.

Therefore, attempting to reverse the chronic sentiment between these two people (Somalis and Ethiopians); the current Ethiopian government and some of the Somali ethno-nationalist movement have for the first time in history explored a substitute policy of coexistence with peace and dignity that has never been tested before. Despite, a profound skepticism from bad experience by some ordinary folks as well as unattended rebel group; a constructive localized peace talks towards that goal have lately been taking place in Ethiopia; and although that is a good step taken into the right direction.

We frankly believe and earnestly request through you, that international auxiliary (politically and economically) is indispensable partner to iron out any hurdle that might stand along the course. For instance, (a) creating an atmosphere of trust, where those standing on the sidelines can freely participate and no longer see the localized peace talks as a mere fakery while there is historically habitual mistrust, (b) helping vocational training, demobilization and civilian reintegration programs for the rebel combatants, and (c) financial help for rebuilding this destitute region from naught, are all uneasy tasks to overcome only by the parties involved and are determinant factors for inclusive success.

  Finally, we believe in the revered principle of nation-state sovereignty, formally in place since the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 that has notably not prevented countless countries and groups since from getting involved in the affairs of others when they play peace-promoting role.
Thank you all

Farah H Noor( Kolle)
najmaf@juno.com
Denver Colorado
      USA

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