D.C. -- September 6, 2001
the Washington-based Somali Association for Peace and Democracy
(SAPD) held extensive talks with Minister Dahir Mohamed
Sheck-Nur (Dayax), the Interior Minister of the Somali Transitional
National Government. The meeting which followed an honorary
reception dinner for the Minister who is visiting Washington,
focused on several important aspects of current social,
political, and economic situation of the country.
Minister briefed SAPD officials of the latest developments
as Transitional Government enters into it its second year
with discussion on obstacles and opportunities facing the
Transitional Government. During the talks, officials exchanged
views on areas where the TNG needs greatest support in rebuilding
institutions throughout Somalia.
proposals put forth included ways the Diaspora could assist
morally and materially in rebuilding various regions and
districts of the country. The Minister informed the officials
that all he is asking for is that “Diaspora help in building
their own home town and districts, no more, no less.” He
emphasized that our division of opinions as Somalis, should
not mean that we will never be able to rebuild our country
– one village, one district at a time.” “The Diaspora has
important role to play,” he added.
Minister received advise on a number of other issues including:
the need for the TNG to nominate key ambassadorial posts
as quickly as possible to complete the restoration of Somalia’s
even suggested that the Diaspora communities should be encouraged
to contribute to the cost of establishing Somali missions
in countries important to Somalia.
meeting was concluded with a set of recommendations ranging
from reconciliation (regional hot spots and national level)
to international representation and technical assistance.
SAPD officials and prominent attendees at the meeting included
Mr. Abdigafar Wardere, Amb. Mahamud H. Nur, Ahmed Mahadalle,
Abdulkadir Aden (Jangeli), Mumin Barre, and other dignitaries.
was agreed that key recommendations will be distributed
through official channels.
Press Washington, D.C.
September 6, 2001
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