Somalia conference not bringing peace

This video from Britain is called Dahabo Isse [from Somalia] – People’s Assembly 20th March 2007.

By Paddy McGuffin in England:

‘The stench of hypocrisy’

Thursday 23 February 2012

An international summit on Somalia in London today will do nothing to ease the plight of the Somali people and carries the “stench of hypocrisy,” peace campaigners claimed today.

Representatives of more than 50 countries and international organisations attended the event at Lancaster House, including United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the leaders of neighbouring African nations.

Prime Minister David Cameron said it was in the interests of the international community to help restore stability after two decades of turmoil.

He welcomed the decision by the UN security council to increase the strength of the African Union force in the country from 12,000 to 17,700 troops.

But Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German said: “They are pretending that the Western-backed government has legitimacy and made things more stable. But all the evidence shows that Western-backed interventions have contributed to instability.

“There is a massive amount of intervention already going on and this event has the stench of hypocrisy.

“This is yet another example of the government thinking it has the right to dictate what’s happening in other countries when it might be better concentrating on domestic problems.”

See also here. And here.

Somali government officials said today that at least six people were killed in an overnight air raid a day after world leaders in London said the war-torn country should “quickly form a stable government”: here.

2 thoughts on “Somalia conference not bringing peace

  1. US drone kills four in Shabelle

    SOMALIA: A US drone strike killed four people near Marko in the Lower Shabelle region on Friday morning.

    Transitional Federal Government (TFG) officials said the air attack had killed four senior members of the al-Shabab armed opposition movement.

    The US military has killed 169 people in Somalia since 2007 of whom up to 59 are believed to be civilians, according to new research by the Britain-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism.


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