Canada Somalia: the opposition stands up against foreign troops

04:50  22 may  2020
04:50  22 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Les soldats de la paix de la Mission de l'Union africaine en Somalie (AMISOM) patrouillent dans la périphérie de Mogadiscio, 22 mai 2012. © Reuters / Feisal Omar Peacekeepers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) patrol the outskirts of Mogadishu, May 22, 2012.

En Somalia, the united opposition calls for the departure of Ethiopian troops not part of the African Union force, AMISOM. Formed in preparation for the presidential election scheduled for the end of the year, the coalition, called the Forum of National Parties, made its first strong political gesture, denouncing the failure of the African Union special representative in Somalia.

Headed by the last two Somali presidents, but also a former Minister of Defense and several famous party leaders, the Forum brings together heavyweights from political life. And it is as a united opposition front that this brand new coalition, founded last October, issued a statement on Tuesday, worried about the repeated blunders of the Ethiopian army in Somalia, which it says it considers as an "occupying" force and whose departure it demands.

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The label would give American troops in Somalia far greater latitude to conduct their operations. After it stood up in 2008, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) took responsibility for American military The debacle noticeable soured many Americans on the Somalia mission in particular and foreign

Somali militiamen shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, killing 18 American soldiers. The attack contributed to then President Bill Clinton's decision to withdraw U.S. troops within six months from Somalia , where they had been serving on a humanitarian mission.

Forum urges MPs to investigate May 4 blunder, where Ethiopian non-AMISOM soldiers mistakenly shot down a humanitarian plane while approaching Bardale airfield in the south -Where is.

Ethiopia, loyal support of President Mohamed "Farmajo", maintains indeed several contingents intervening in Somalia in strategic sectors for the power sitting in Mogadishu.

According to the Forum, the presence of these foreign troops without a warrant is a violation of the sovereignty of Somalia. And for him, part of the responsibility also rests with the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, who, according to the opposition, is complicit in partisan interference in Somali affairs.

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