The volatile situation in Somalia
QUESTION NO: 9
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO
3 OF 20 FEBRUARY 2007
MS F HAJAIG (ANC) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN
(1) What will South Africa, as chair of the peace, security and
stability organ of the African Union, do to assist in defusing the volatile situation
(2) Whether the AU will be able to gather all role-players around
the negotiation table; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
Whether the intervention of the USA will be a positive factor in the resolution
of this conflict, considering South Africa's position of multi-lateral intervention
in any area of conflict; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what
are the relevant details? N212E
(1) In our capacity as a non-permanent
member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the next two years and
Presidency of the UN for March 2007 and our membership in the AU, South Africa
will continue to support the efforts of the UN, the African Union (AU) and the
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in bringing about peace in Somalia.
Africa supports the national reconciliation process in Somalia and is willing
to assist the Somalia Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to ensure that the
national reconciliation process is all inclusive, incorporating all relevant role
players including civil-society, clan elders, elements of the UIC and the warlords."
South Africa, through the AU, remains committed to ensuring the involvement of
all the role players in the peace process. We need to believe that all role players
are committed to negotiation and that they are all prepared to seek a peaceful
resolution to conflict in their state. Interim Prime Minister of Somalia, Ali
Mohammed Ghedi, has recently agreed to hold talks with all the relevant parties
in the peace process including the leadership and members of the United Islamic
Courts (UIC).This is also the position of the AU and the UNSC.
current intervention in Somalia is largely in the context of the multilateral
efforts. Currently these efforts are being exercised through its membership on
the UNSC; the role it plays in the International Contact Group on Somalia and
through their funding to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Peacekeeping Force.
this extent, the involvement is constructive. Furthermore, it is our understanding
that the US is in support of the inclusive political dialogue consistent with
the statement by Deputy Minister Pahad referred to above.