Aideed Rejected Somali Gov., in 1972 To Join Arab League "Our
struggle is not an Arab struggle. We reject the previous government's
decision to make Somalia and Arab Country. When in "1972"
Somalia joined the Arab league, it did so without the consent
of the Somali People",
Said Somalia SRRC factions met in Awasssa, Ethiopia for 45
days. They elected Hussein Aideed as Chairman of the Newly
Somalia Council- as an ad-hoc committee charged with the task
of organizing a constitutional conference to be held inside
Somalia within 6 months.
Horn of Africa Newsline special Reporter in Ethiopia had the
opportunity of conducting an interview with Mr. Aideed.
Horn Africa New Reporter: Mr. Aideed, what is the situation
like in Somalia today?
The situation in Somalia today is hopeful. it is our objective
to have a national reconciliation conference inside Somalia
in 6 Month's time. The conference, which will bring all the
somali factions, will be entrusted with the task of writing
a constituation for All Somalia. Somalis has never had a democratic
institution or a constitutional government where all Somalis
lived in equality and their human rights safeguarded under
the law. We appeal to the OAU, UN, EU and Arab League and
friendly countries to help rebuild Somalia which went through
untold sufferings for years.
HAN: Mr. Aideed what kind of government do you forsess for
Aideed: The Somali People want a democratic elected government
on basis of one-man-one -vote. To achieve this objective,
all Somalis irrespective of their tribal affiliation, must
come together and rally behind the noble idea of unity. The
kind of administration we opt for is federalism.-prerequisite
for laying a strong founation for future Somalia.
way the country will be able to develop and protect itself
fom terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism which for the last
40 years have been trying to penetrate into the area from
the Read Sea, Persian Gulf, and Arab Countries to establish
an Islamic State in East Africa, and Somalia is one of the
countries they have chosen for the purpose.
the Absence of any political stablility in somalia, the Islamic
Fundamentalists such as the Al-Itihad Al-Islamia, Al-Islah,
Al-Ikhwan, Al-Jamaa and Al-Tafkir have managed to bring into
the country exiled former Somali leaders, such as Abdi Kassim
and Ali Khalif Glaydh, who are bent on mixing state afffairs
with religion. The is unacceptable to the Somali people. Our
struggle is an African struggle. Our struggle is not an Arab
struggle. We reject the previous government's decision to
make Somalia and Arab Country. When in "1972" Somalia joined
the Arab league, it did so without the consent of the Somali
HAN: Are you now in a position to ward off the threat of Fundamental
The Somali people are ready to pay any price to safeguard
their culture and freedom. It is upto the somali people to
choose a government or an administration that suits them best
and foreign polcy based on partnership wit their brothers
and neighbours, particularly with Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti.
With The Ethiopia, we share the longest border, We have a
very large Somalia population living accross our common borders(5
Million Somalis -Somali Regional State). We want to build
a Somalia that is different from the Somalia of old times.
We have been trying to rebuild Somalia from within. Any government
imposed on us from outside is unacceptable to the "Somali
People". More so when such a government is Islamic. The Somali
people have culture of their own and "they will never accept
and Islamic State".
The HAN: What would you say about theSomali Leaders elected
at ARTA, Djibouti, last Year -2000?
Aideed: Arta did not produce any real leaders. Ali khalif
is from the North and in the North there is EGAL. To say Ali
Khalif is the Prime Minister of Somalia is a Joke and an insult
to the Somali People. While Minister in the Siad barre's government,
he stole USD 12 Million from Mareere Suger Project in Kismayo
He is a man who has built a Somali-telecom-empire in Dubai-
With the Stolen money. As for Abdi Kassim, he was responsible
for the dstruction of 42 wells in the Central Region when
he was interior Minister in Siad's government. He was opposing
USC struggle and infact worked with UNISOM against the late
acceptimg these people as a leaders is another crazy joke.
Our struggle is to have a democratically elected government.
HAN: Mr. Aideed, how would you describe Ethiopia's role in
bringing about peace in Somalia?
Ethiopia has been plying a very constructive role to reconcile
the somali Factions. Ethiopia has allowed all somali factions
to meet in Awassa, where we discussed the future of Somalia.
appeal to our brother Egal and Arta Group in Mogadicio to
join us as a Group in our endeavours to find a solution to
our common problems.