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07/29/06

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Categories: Ethiopia, Somalia

Stay out of Somalia, U.S. tells Eritrea, Ethiopia

Link: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L29805214.htm

By Pascal Fletcher

Jendayi Frazer KINSHASA, July 29 (Reuters) - The United States sent its most explicit warning yet to Horn of Africa foes Eritrea and Ethiopia on Saturday to stay out of the escalating crisis in Somalia where they are believed to be backing rival sides.

"There are many foreign elements in Somalia right now," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer said, citing reports Ethiopia was sending troops to back the interim government and Eritrea arms for rival Islamists.

"Neither the Union of Islamic Courts nor the Transitional Federal Government can take the high ground by saying the other is violating Somali sovereignty...they've all invited in foreigners, all been backed by foreign forces," she added.

Frazer, speaking to reporters on a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor elections there, said it was crucial to stop Somalia becoming a regional crisis. "You want to keep Ethiopians and Eritreans out of Somalia, that they don't take their border conflict and move it into the Somalia venue," she said.

Diplomats believe Addis Ababa and Asmara, which went to war in 1998-2000 and still argue over their border, are using Somalia's government-Islamist standoff as a proxy for their own feud.

Ethiopia has sent several thousand troops to back the government at its provincial base Baidoa, witnesses say.

Eritrea has armed the Islamists in the past, according to the U.N., and is believed by many to be still sending arms and probably advisers to their stronghold in Mogadishu.

Addis Ababa fears a hardline Islamist state as its neighbour, accuses Mogadishu's new rulers of being terrorists, and also fears their possible aspirations to incorporate ethnic Somali regions such as Ethiopia's Ogaden.

Asmara, on the other hand, is motivated primarily by spite for Ethiopia, analysts believe.

"It's conceivable there are Ethiopians in Somalia and it's also reported the Eritreans are arming the Union of Islamic Courts and perhaps even putting military advisers in," Frazer said.

"BEST HOPE IS DIALOGUE"

Adding to a highly volatile situation, some foreign Muslim militants are also believed to be in Somalia.

And despite its high tone, the U.S. government is accused precipitating the crisis by sending money to a self-styled "anti-terrorism" coalition of warlords earlier in the year, inflaming public sentiment in favour of the Islamists.

Frazer said the international community must remain focused on supporting the interim government, which was set up in 2004 in a Western- and African-backed peace deal for Somalia.

"The situation is extremely volatile and I think that the best hope for the people of Somalia is that they come together in a dialogue...to try to decide their future," she said. "If it (the government) is in fact undermined it will set the Somali people back many, many years and probably ensure a future of chaos, they've had 15 years (already)," she said.

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Comment from: Seleme [Visitor]
Seleme

To :LEBAKING"Meles” and HIPPO"Isayas",

“Leave Them Alone! Stay Out Of Somalia!!!”

Lastly, Give more priority to distress Ethiopians in Lebanon!!!

This is very hard for these two IDIOTS to understand?

07/30/06 @ 00:27
Comment from: patriotic/አርበኛው [Visitor]
patriotic/አርበኛው

This is a funniest article I have ever see on nazret.com

It seams like USA is angry on Melese Zenawi because he is not using the USA weapons given to him as a birth day gift during the Black Owk down, so funny…..Ethiopian and Eritrean dictators did wrong choice of place for their proxy war, anyways I am proud of the other banda so called “Esayas” he is good enough to get USA’s attention so the woyane regime got official warning from the USA government, I also think USA is the one who gave direction to the Woyane regime to flood Somalia with their criminal solders of AGAZI, however the USA quietness on middle East crises can not be credited by their action to protect Somalia, in the first place who do that idiot Melese think he is in the entire East African region? attack Kenya, war with Sudan, and now colony army to Somalia, for how many more years are an African stupid leaders going to stay weopen of Westerns? I better look for jungle and live their rather than living in any African country where human life have no value.

As most of good Ethiopians read in passed I never support the woyane action of sending his criminal solders to Somalia or any where else so I think this is a good news for me I support USA s’ action.

Those whom were dreaming about being a super power in East Africa, I am sorry but this is the worst news you have ever heard, your under estimation of the AGAZI army end up empty sorry to hear that, their mission in Somalia couldn’t work because Somalia is not Ethiopia where the law is designed to serve Criminal Agazi and Melese Zenawi.

To the Criminal AGAZI:- please don’t get mad because of you are leaving Somalia with out killing and please take cold shower before you will cross Ethiopian border way to Ethiopia, I really worried about my innocent Ethiopian people , an anger you are taking home can be a good reason for you to kill dozens of Ethiopians, please just take things easy and take deep breath before you will cross Ethiopian border.

Victory for Ethiopian People

07/30/06 @ 01:07
Comment from: patriotic/አርበኛው [Visitor]
patriotic/አርበኛው

Seleme

It seams you are next to that 2 idiots slapping in their face and telling them what to do kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, which is what they deserve

Cheers Selem

07/30/06 @ 01:10
Comment from: hagos [Visitor]
hagos

it is the u.s.govt.who distrees the horn of africa. not ethiopia neither eritrea .u.s.is a terrorist it self.

07/30/06 @ 03:07
Comment from: YHD [Visitor]
YHD

The statement given by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer is one of the most perplexing to any one who has the slightest concern for international peace and stability. Her suggestion puts in question the competency and effectiveness of the US officials in analyzing and dealing with international maters that have great consequence to all of us. As far as Ethiopia is concerned there won’t be any substantial agreement coming out of these diametrically opposite groups with different ideology and foreign policy. It is obviously clear to us, Ethiopians, and we are not under any dream to expect peace or harmony from such an extremist and radical Muslim group. We do care and sympathize with the Somali people in their hardship and predicaments and also understands their confusion and frustrations that pushes Somali to another crisis of becoming a nation of Islamic extremists. We also do not expect any compressive action from the International community at this point, including the United States, who failed for a long time to assist the internationally recognized and democratically elected Somali Transitional Government, and instead, irresponsibly preferred weakening the same body by sending money and resources to individual land lords further dividing the country. It should be known that, Ethiopia appreciates consultations and not anyone’s approvals or blessing to defend its paramount national interests.

07/30/06 @ 03:12
Comment from: Seleme [Visitor]
Seleme


To : patriotic/አርበኛው,

Not only slap they can get from me If im NEXT from them. . .

This “Malata” Meles and “Hippolooks” Isayas, I will catch the back of their foreheads and bump hard their both foreheads each other so, they can see what they really want is.

07/30/06 @ 05:01
Comment from: Betru [Visitor]
Betru

Haven’t the US government been secretly arming the warlords in Somalia until they were crashed by the UIC? What a double standard! When I say this I am not supporting Ethiopian or Eritrean intervention in Somalia, but this evil empire called America has now gone too far.
If they are geneuine for peace why don’t they press for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Hizbollah conflict before they stick their nose in the Horn? There is usually some hidden agenda behind America’s move. Who knows may be tomorrow they could support UIC against Ethiopia or Eritrea.

07/30/06 @ 05:21
Comment from: Yaha [Visitor]
Yaha

There are bunch of slappy individuals who seems to be much concerned about Somalia internal affairs, and also the warning issued by the United States for Ethiopia and Eritrea. Don’t you worry there are smart Ethiopians out there to take care of the problem properly.

Eventually with the capability of Ethiopian army,the Somalis terrorist who threat to us will be dismantled along with their shintam Eritrean collaboraters.

Crying and have long confession commont on the web won’t help you anything unless you follow and accept the principle of E.P.R.D.F.

It sound like everything come up on the news is a problem to you.

Peace and love for Ethiopia.

07/30/06 @ 06:46
Comment from: hamado [Visitor]
hamado

This is god nwes to Ethio and Somalian popel to be free and have a pece

07/30/06 @ 08:04
Comment from: Wozeiro Condjo [Visitor]
Wozeiro Condjo

As always American wants to be seen as the protector of democracy around the world. This war between Somalia and Ethiopia is fought for the sake of the US alone. But America want to stay behind the curtain and pretend to be the “nice Person”
If erytrea and Ethiopia want to fight they can easily resume the war in their mutual border. What is the purpose of going all the way to Somalia to confront each other again.

Just before this conflict erupted in the open, America was secretly funding the warlords to fight the Islamist elements in Mogadisho. And when their dirty secret of meddling in the internal affair of Somalia made it to international news, they (america) took the back seat and let their puppet, Meles, to do their dirty job.
Hypocrite America!

07/30/06 @ 08:17
Comment from: mame [Visitor]
mame

The best solution will be to interface un forces between them.

07/30/06 @ 10:30
Comment from: Sodo [Visitor]
Sodo

It is an absolute joke that the U.S. is half heartdly telling the original terrorists Issayas/Zenawi to leave Somalia. The Tigre banda was ordered to invade Somalia a few weeks ago by the U.S.if he wants help by the Bush administration to counter the pending legistlation of Ethiopian Freedom Act by The U.S. Congres.The other terrorist,Issayas is no full. he is not going to be outdone by his friend,and the saga of wanton destruction is continueing.In the process the real Ethiopians are held hostages. From the beginning when Herman Cohen deceived Ethiopians and helped the donkey riding donkey boy to enter Addis Ababa,the U.S. is there by his side.The United Stattes, thanks to its unproffesional diplomats in Addis or the State Department or knowingly with disregard to the well being of the majority of Ethiopians is showering with weapons and money a minority ethnic group that is killing,imrisonning in its torture chambers rivaled in only horror movies.Now there is a woman who I think has no idea what is going on in Ethiopia is tellng both Shabia and Woyane to leave Somalia from her vantage point in Kishasa.This has been the policy of the U.S. since the Jimmy Carter administration.Our proud histry is docomenting all this for the future genaration.They have to know who the actors were in this particular time of again their proud history.They do not care who is in power in Somalia while their country is ruled by Mezger bandas.

07/30/06 @ 12:02
Comment from: adenet [Visitor]
adenet

patriotic.it seems to be you are eritrea. but you are pretending as you are ethiopian.please leave ethiopia alone and go help terrorist as your master doing now.ethiopia will defend its country from aslam terrorist.for your information remember bademe.shame on you and your master to help terrorist.iam not eprdf proud ethiopian.

07/30/06 @ 15:07
Comment from: GangWar [Visitor]
GangWar

I think what happened is that melese called his boss in washington dc, and told him that he isnt fooling the ethiopian people this time.
This is good. This is the start of all good to come.

07/30/06 @ 16:15
Comment from: sol [Visitor]
sol

Look who is smart, The somalians went out, protested, burned our flag and now they are folding their arms (or using it to brush their teeth) and waiting for rediculus melese and co. to leave. Thats just un-african, and from somalians.
Even somalians are tired of war!!!!!
Peace.

07/30/06 @ 17:41

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