with great pleasure that the SPR has received and read the
strong statement in support of peace and of national government
issued by Somali traditional clan elders at the Somali peace
conference in Djibouti, on 20th May 2000.
the Somali people for an end to the senseless conflict that
deeply damaged the fabric of Somali society since the collapse
of Somali State in 1990.
statements and the display of political tolerance by Somali
traditional clan elders at the Somali peace conference in
Djibouti encourage the Somali peace participants and peace
lovers to collectively work on finding rational, sustainable
and equitable peace stability in their country.
by Somali clan elders also encourages the Djibouti government's
peace plan aimed at attaining a lasting peace in Somalia,
and calls for a principled, balanced and comprehensive framework
for the resolution of all the issues that underlie Somali
by Somali clan elders can, certainly, facilitate a dialogue
between all parts involved in Somali civil war, calm the situation
on ground, enhance a climate of political tolerance among
Somali leaders and protect human rights of all Somalis, given
the clan elders' strong position in Somali social fabric.
It is through a dialogue that the Somali people will decide
their political future.
strongly believes that Somali traditional clan elders still
have traditional rights to protect human rights of their community,
contribute to sustainable peace impact, to prevent the erosion
of Somali traditional values and to enhance Somali unity against
the thefts of Somali warlords and their roving bandits.
the restoration of peace in Somalia will depend upon the successful
involvement of Somali traditional clan elders in national
peace process and the establishment of national institutions
with vibrant disciplined civil servants.
traditional clan elders and intellectuals at Somali peace
conference in Djibouti, the SPR strongly condemns in the strongest
possible terms the assistances given by foreign governments
(such as Yemen, Eritrea, Rwanda, and Uganda) to Somali warlords
in direct contravention to Somali peace process, and acts
of roving warlords which, under cover war, are multiplying
in the country.
leadership is critically important during times of great change
in the country, the SPR firmly recommends that the future
Somali political leaders should be leaders with a deep understanding
of current conditions by their society, a clear vision of
the future and with the ability to consider long- term consequences
of particular courses of action during transition. Such political
leaders should able to facilitate democratic institutions,
stimulate public participation in policy discussions, consider
new ways to strengthen representative politics in future Somali
government and diminish the forces of warlords who led to
the destruction of Somali social fabrics.
believes that the country is deeply in need of institutions
with capacity to plan and effectively manage Somalia's post-conflict
needs demand our future political leaders of transitional
government to be vibrant leaders equipped with great knowledge
of changes taking place regionally and internationally. In
addition, effective regional and local governments could play
a great role in the promotion of peace and realisation of
sustainable system in the long run.
cannot be achieved through Somalia in the short term without
changing political and military calculations of Somali warlords,
the SPR strongly recommends the Somali future political leaders
and international community to give much efforts to promoting
a culture of peace and reconciliation throughout the country.
perspective, Somali women, religious and traditional leaders
should be encouraged to continue their calls for peaceful
solution to Somalis. Taken together, the Somali clan elders'
appeal for peace and against war must be seriously considered
by all parties involved in Somali civil war.
civil war has already resulted in the death of thousands of
innocent people, the destruction of hundreds of homes and
villages, the thefts of Somali public and private goods by
Somali warlords, and the dislocation of millions of Somali
people. We, Somali Peace Rally (SPR), endorse our clan elders'
call for peace and forgiveness among Somalis.