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Letter to the members of the Somali Diaspora (No. 27)

United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) For more information, please contact: Susannah Price / Donna Cusumano, Public Information Officers UN Political Office for Somalia (Nairobi, Kenya) Tel: +254 20 762 7132 / 7133 or +254 733902020 / 737400133 Please visit: www.unpos.unmissions.org

Letter to the members of the Somali Diaspora (No. 27)

Nairobi, 12 August 2010

Dear Friends,

My warmest greetings to you all. I am pleased to be sending my first letter to you since I assumed office as the new UN Special Representative for Somalia a month ago. I look forward to a fruitful and engaging relationship with all of you. My predecessor, Mr Ould-Abdallah particularly emphasized to me the importance of the Diaspora in supporting all the various aspects of the work we do, particularly in implementing the Djibouti Agreement. I have been struck by the remarkable concern and engagement of the Somali Diaspora with the unfortunate developments at home in Somalia.

Let me say that I am delighted to be back in the region and to put to good use my past experience in Government and at the United Nations. I have been following the events in the region and Somalia very closely, particularly since the formation of the International Contact Group in 2006. Tanzania was a founder member of the Group as a Non-Permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2005 and 2006 I represented Tanzania in the Group until my appointment as SRSG.

I would like you to know from the start that my key priorities for Somalia are reconciliation which rests on dialogue, political inclusiveness, public security, humanitarian action and reconstruction. These priorities are mutually reinforcing. My office continues to support and encourage the Transitional Federal Government on this path, and to fulfilling its priority tasks before the end of its mandate in August 2011.

The recent devastating attacks in Uganda on 11 July 2010 were an illustration of new challenges ahead. On behalf of the UN, once again, I wish to express my sincere condolences to the families of the innocent victims and to all Ugandans for having had their basic sense of security threatened. The attacks show that the effect of the crisis in Somalia is spreading beyond its borders and further confirms the regional and international ramifications of the conflict. United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) For more information, please contact: Susannah Price / Donna Cusumano, Public Information Officers UN Political Office for Somalia (Nairobi, Kenya) Tel: +254 20 762 7132 / 7133 or +254 733902020 / 737400133 Please visit: www.unpos.unmissions.org

Somalia had already been an important item on the agendas of regional and international organizations. The current political and security impasse demands urgent action. This is evident from the decisions of the IGAD Summit held on 5 July 2010 in Addis Ababa, as well as those of the 15th Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Kampala from 19-27 July 2010. The decisions call for urgency and decisiveness in addressing the Somali crisis.

A number of meetings were held on the margins of the AU Assembly to consider further actions on assisting Somalia towards lasting peace and stability. I am pleased to say that support and goodwill towards Somalia remain high despite the sometimes seemingly desperate situation. The Kampala tragedy has heightened international attention and concern.

The last month has also seen important progress made towards drawing up a Constitution, one of the key transitional tasks of the TFG. An official launch of the Consultation Draft Constitution will take place soon. This will begin the process of civic education and public consultations to the extent possible in which Somalis, inside and outside the country, will be encouraged to make comments on the draft. The first Draft Constitution is expected to be completed by the end of this year. This will be a unique opportunity for Somalis to shape their destiny.

I am pleased to report that the Joint Security Committee (JSC), which is the primary coordination body for security sector reform, met over the weekend under the co-chairmanship of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and myself. The meeting, which was attended by several Somali ministers as well as representatives of the international community, came up with several recommendations for making concrete progress, including support to the Somali Security Forces, Police and the Security Ministries.

While the security situation is currently creating the most concern, I would like to emphasize that building public institutions and creating conditions for the delivery of basic services to the Somali people must be high priority areas. There can be no doubt that areas such as education, health, water and sanitation remain critical to the Somali people in their daily well being. The Diaspora can contribute immensely in improving the situation in these areas. I commend with admiration your demonstrated sense of compassion, patriotism and duty in your phenomenal annual transfers of financial resources to your kith and kin at home. I encourage you to actively exercise every effort in the same spirit in assisting the authorities to improve the situation in providing the necessary services to the people. United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) For more information, please contact: Susannah Price / Donna Cusumano, Public Information Officers UN Political Office for Somalia (Nairobi, Kenya) Tel: +254 20 762 7132 / 7133 or +254 733902020 / 737400133 Please visit: www.unpos.unmissions.org

Equally important is the obligation of every Somali to remain committed to peace and reconciliation in your country. Somalis have, through the Djibouti Peace Agreement, shown that they are capable of working through their differences. Your culture of accommodating each other, moderation and consensus building should prevail at this time

I remain committed to the attainment of the goal of peace and security in Somalia and I shall continue from where my predecessor left off to mobilize and increase international support for Somalia. In partnership with all those who support the peace process, you in the Diaspora, can ensure that the existing prospects for peace are harnessed into tangible outcomes—better security and improved conditions for the long suffering Somali people. Every opportunity offered by those who support the peace process should be seized to return Somalia to its rightful place among the community of nations. I believe that the Somali Diaspora is, and always will be, an indispensable stakeholder in this undertaking.

Finally, I wish to take the opportunity to say Ramadan Karim to you and your loved ones.

Warm regards,

Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga

Translation 

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Xafiiska Qaramada Midoobay u Qaabilsan Arrimaha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya (UNPOS) Wixii war dheeraad ah fadlan kala xiriir: Susannah Price ama Donna Cusumano, saraakiisha qaabilsan isgaarsiintab guud, Xafiiska Qaramad Midoobay u Qaabilsan Arrimaha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya, Nairobi Tel: +254 20 762 6805 / 6869 ama +254 733902020 ama 737400133 Fadlan eeg rugta Internet-ka (website): www.unpos.unmission.org

Warqar ku socota Jaaliyadaha Soomaaliyeed ee qurbaha ku nool Waraaq (No. 27)

Nayroobi, 12 Agoosto 2010

Saaxibayaasha qaaliga ah,

Dhammaantiina iga guddooma salaam diiran. Waxaan ku faraxsanahay inaan idiin soo diro warqadeydii iigu horeysay ilaa intaan xafiiska la wareegay muddo hadda laga joogo hal bil, amigoo ah Ergeyga Gaarka ah ee cusub ee Xoghayaha Guud ee Qaramada Midoobay. Waxaan ku hanweynahay inaan dhammaantiina idin la yeesho xiriir miro dhal leh. Ergeygii iga horreeyay, Md. Oud-Abdallah, ayaa si gaar ah iigu adkeeyay muhimadda ay leedahay la xiriiridda jaaliyadaha Soomaaliyeed si ay taageero uga geystaan dhamman hawlaha kala geddisan ee aan qabanno, gaar ahaan hirgelinta Heshiiskii Jabuuti. Waxaa aad ii dhaqaajiyay sida ay qurbajoogta Soomaaliyeed u danaynayaan ulana xiriirayaan waddankooda, inkastoo arrimo aan wanaagsanayn ay ka socdaan Soomaaliya.

Waxaan doonayaa inaan iraahdo waxaan ku faraxsanahay inaan ku soo noqdo gobolka oo aan si wanaagsan u adeegsado waaya aragnimada aan u leeyahay maamul dowladeed iyo hawlaha Qaramada Midoobay. Waxaan si hoos haan ula socday arrimaha ka dhacaya gobolka iyo Soomaaliyaba, gaar ahaan tan iyo inta la sameeyay Kooxda Xiriirka Caalamiga ee Soomaaliya sannadkii 2006. Tanzania ayaa ka mid ahaa xubnihii asaasay Kooxda annagoo markaas Golaha Amaanka ee Qaramada Midoobay ka ahayn xubin aan joogto ahayn sannadihii 2005 iyo 2006, aniga ayaa Tanzania u metelayay Kooxda ilaa la iisoo magacaabay Ergeyga Gaarka ah ee Xoghayaha Guud.

Billowga horeba waxaan jeclahay inaad ogaataan in arrimaha muhimmadda ii leh ay yihiin dibuheshiisiinta taasoo salka ku haysa wadahadal, ka wada qaybgal siyaasadeed, amaanka guud, wax ka qabashada arrimaha baniaadanimada iyo dibudhiska. Arrimahan muhimmada leh waa kuwo iskaabaya. Xafiiskeyga wuxuu si joogta ah ugu taageerayaa uguna dhiirrigelinayaa Dowladda Federaalka Ku Mel Gaarka waddada ay hayso iyo dhameystirka waajibaadka muhimadda leh ka hor intaan la gaarin dhammaadka muddadeeda oo ku eg bisha Agoosto ee 2011. Xafiiska Qaramada Midoobay u Qaabilsan Arrimaha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya (UNPOS) Wixii war dheeraad ah fadlan kala xiriir: Susannah Price ama Donna Cusumano, saraakiisha qaabilsan isgaarsiintab guud, Xafiiska Qaramad Midoobay u Qaabilsan Arrimaha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya, Nairobi Tel: +254 20 762 6805 / 6869 ama +254 733902020 ama 737400133 Fadlan eeg rugta Internet-ka (website): www.unpos.unmission.org

Weerradii baaba’a geystay ee dhowaan lala beegsaday Uganda 11kii bishii July 2010 waxay muujinayaan dhibaatooyin cusub oo na hor yaalla. Anigoo ka wakiil ah Qaramada Midoobay, waxaan mar kale si niyad ah tacsiya ugu dirayaa qoysaska dhibbanayaashii aan waxba galabsan iyo dhammaan dadka reer Uganda oo amaankooda khatar la geliyay. Weerarradu waxay muujinayaan in saameynta dhibaatada Soomaaliya ka jirta ay ku faafeyso dibadda xuduudaha dalka, waxayna sii xaqiijinayaan in collaaddu ay leedahay saameyn goboleed iyo mid caalamiba.

Arrimaha Soomaaliya mar horeba waxay meel muhim ah kaga jireen ajendaha ururrada gobolka iyo kuwa caalamiga ahba. Ismarigaaga siyaasadeed iyo midka amni ee hadda taagan waxay u baahanyihiin tallaabo degdeg ah. Arrintan waxay ku caddahay go’aannadii Shirmadaxeedkii Ururgoboleedka IGAD ee lagu qabtay Addis Abba 5tii bishii July 2010, iyo go’aannadaii ka soo baxay kalfaddhigii 15aad ee Shirmadaxeedkii Madaxda Ururka Midowga Afrika ee lagu qabtay Kampala 19-27 2010. Go’aammadan waxay ku baaqayaan tallaabo degdeg ah si wax looga qabto dhibaatada ka jirta Soomaaliya.

Dhowr shir ayaa lagu barbar qabtay Shirmadaxeed Midowga Afrika si looga fekero tallaabooyin dheeraad ah laga qaado sidii Soomaaliya loogu kaalmeyn lahaa sidii ay u gaari lahayd nabad iyo xasillooni waarta. Waxaan ku faraxsanahay inaan sheego inay jiraan taageero iyo nidad wanaag heer sare ah oo loo hayo Soomaaliya, inkastoo ay mararka qaarkood ay dhacaan xaalado aad u liita. Masiibadii ka dhacday Kampala ayaa kor u qaadday buraarugsanaanta iyo danaynta bulshada caalamka.

Bishii hore ayaa iyana tallaabo muhim ah laga qaaday qoritaanka Dastuurka, taasoo ka mid ah waajibaadka ugu muhimsan ee loo baahanyahay in Dowladda KMG ay fuliso xilliga kalaguurka. Qabyo qoraal dastuurka cusub ayaa dhowaan la soo bandhigi doonaa. Arrintan waxaa la kowsanayaa habkii dadweynaha lagu bari lahaa dastuurka isla markaasna lagu la tashan lahaa inta suurtogalha. Sidaas darteed, dadweynaha Soomaaliyeed, ha joogeen dalka gudihiisa iyo dibaddiisaba, waxaa lagu dhiirrigelinayaa inay aragtidooda ka soo dhiibtaan qabyo qoraalka dastuurka. Waxaa la filayaa in qabyo qoraalka kowaad ee dastuurka la soo gabagabeeyo dhammaadka sannadkan. Tani waa fursan aan wax la mid ah lahayn ee ay ummadda Soomaaliyeed mustaqbalkooda ku hananayaan. Xafiiska Qaramada Midoobay u Qaabilsan Arrimaha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya (UNPOS) Wixii war dheeraad ah fadlan kala xiriir: Susannah Price ama Donna Cusumano, saraakiisha qaabilsan isgaarsiintab guud, Xafiiska Qaramad Midoobay u Qaabilsan Arrimaha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya, Nairobi Tel: +254 20 762 6805 / 6869 ama +254 733902020 ama 737400133 Fadlan eeg rugta Internet-ka (website): www.unpos.unmission.org

Waxaan ku faraxsanahay inaan idiin sheego in guddiga wadajirka ee Amniga (JSC), oo ah hay’adda ugu muhimsan ee haga isbeddelka lagu sameynayo laamaha nabadgelyada, uu kulmay toddobaakii la soo dhaafay. Ra’iisal Wasaaraha Soomaaliya Cumar Abdirashiid Cali Sharmaarke iyo aniga ayaa kulanka wada guddoominay. Shirka, oo ay ka soo qaybgaleen dhowr wasiir oo Soomaaliyeed iyo wakiillo ka socday bulshada caalamka, waxaa ka soo baxay talooyin ku saabsan habkii loo qaadi lahaa tallaabooyin la taaban karo, sida habkii lagu taageeri lahaa ciidamada amniga Soomaaliyeed, booliiska iyo Wasaaradaha Arrimaha Amniga.

Inkastoo xaaladda amaanka ay hadda leedahay dareen aad u weyn, haddana waxaan rabaa inaan hoosta ka xarriiqo in mudnaan sare la siiyo habka dibudhisidda hay’adaha guud iyo abuurridda jawi dadka Soomaaliyeed addegyada asaasiga ah lagu gaarsiiiyo. Shaki iigama jiro in arrimaha waxbarashada, caafimaadka, biyaha, iyo nadaafaddaba ay muhim u yihiin nolol wanaagsan ay helaan dadka Soomaaliyeed. Dadka qurbajoogta ahi waxay si buuxda uga qayb qaadan karaan horumarinta arrimaha aan soo sheegnay. Waxaan si aad ah u amaanayaa wadaninimada iyo naxariista aad muujiseen ee aad dhaqaale ugu diraysaan dadka qaraabadiina ah ee gudaha dalka jooga. Waxaan idiinku dhiirigelinayaa inaad dadaal sidaas oo kale ah ku bixisaan kaalmada aad siisaan maamullada Soomaaliyeed si ay sare ugu qaadaan xaaladda oo ay dadkana u gaarsiiyaan adeegyada laga ma maarmaanka ah.

Waxaa sidoo kale u muhimsan xilka qof kasta oo Soomaali ah ka saran inay ka go’naato inuu taageero nabadda iyo dibuheshiisinta waddanka. Dadka Soomaaliyeed waxay Heshiiskii Nabadda Jabuuti ku muujiyeen inay awood u leeyihiin inay xalliyaan khilaafaadkooda. Isaqbalaadda, dhexdhexaadnimada iyo isafgaradka oo dhaqan idiin ah waa in waqtigan hadda ah sare loo qaadaa.

Waxaa iga go’an inaan u hawlgalo sidii Soomaaliya loogu heli lahaa nabad iyo xasillooni, waxaana hawsha ka sii wadayaa halkii uu hawsha ku dhaafay ergeygii iga horeeeyay si aan u abaabulo bulshada caalamka taageero hor lehna ugu helo Soomaaliya. Idinkoo kaashanaya kuwa taageersan geeddisocodka nabadda, ayaa dadkiina qurbajoogta ahi waxaad xaqiijin kartaan in rajada laga leeyahay nabadda aad ka dhabeyn kartaan, taasoo keenaysa in la helo amni iyo isbeddel wanaagsan oo lagu sameeyo xaaladda dadka Soomaaliyeed ee waddanka ku dhibtoon. Fursa kasta oo ay keenaan kuwa taageera geeddisocodka nabadda waa laga faa’iideystaa si Soomaaliya ay ugu soo noqoto meeshii kaga jirtay dowladaha adduunka. Waxaan rumeysanahay in qurbajoogta Soomaaliyeed ay Xafiiska Qaramada Midoobay u Qaabilsan Arrimaha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya (UNPOS) Wixii war dheeraad ah fadlan kala xiriir: Susannah Price ama Donna Cusumano, saraakiisha qaabilsan isgaarsiintab guud, Xafiiska Qaramad Midoobay u Qaabilsan Arrimaha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya, Nairobi Tel: +254 20 762 6805 / 6869 ama +254 733902020 ama 737400133 Fadlan eeg rugta Internet-ka (website): www.unpos.unmission.org

yihiin, ahaan doonaanna, cudud aan laga maarmin si loo gaaro himilooyinka la tiigsanayo.

Ugu dambeyntii, waxaan jecelahay inaan fursadan ka faa’iideyto oo idinka iyo qaraabadiinaba idiin iraahdo Ramadam Karim.

Iga guddooma salaam diiran,

Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga