The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) concerns over the continuous appeal from Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Tuesday February 16, 2012 to the international community to revoke the arms embargo on Somali citing it as a major setback to upgrading the Somali national army that is supposed to take over the security of Somalia after the withdrawal of foreign troops.
“We have requested the United Nations to remove immediately the arms embargo after we learned that al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda joined forces because we want to fight al-Shabaab and wipe them out of the region. They are common enemy of this world. We don’t want our country to be a base for al-Qaeda,” TFG Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Hussein Arab Isse told Somalia Report, referring to the hardline Islamic group battling for control of Somalia.
“The TFG wants to buy our own tanks and modern weapons to crush al-Shabaab and seek to remove the arms embargo to facilitate our security and rebuild our ability to fight the insurgent group. This will give us back dignity as a country,” he added
“Such this kind of reckless appeal from Somalia President Sheikh Sharif and his defense minster could encourages Shabab to come back in Somalia politics as well as it could also create a new clan based rows auto Somalia”Said Daud Abdi Daud, SOMESHA Secretary General
Mogadishu is the capital city of Somalia and has been mired in violence and lawlessness spurred by the efforts of Corrupt businessmen, warlords, clan based militias and other violent radical groups, more than two decades Mogadishu has not had a central institutions, good public infrastructures and Somalis living it were still under violent behaviour since the collapse of military rule in 1991.
“Obviously, Somalia government is not able to control over Mogadishu Security so why TFG leaders are currently appealing for an end to arms embargo on Somalia, aren’t they know how to call national disarmament” Mr. Daud added
SOMESHA believes if the United Nations endorsed TFG request and end Arms Embargo on Somalia another environmental crisis as well as drastic human rights abuses will happen soon all over Somalia. This TFG appeal comes also despite the fact that Humanitarians are appealing for US$1.5 billion to save lives and gives Somalis the opportunity to become self-reliant in the future. Humanitarian projects this year are designed to provide the most vulnerable four million Somalis with urgently needed assistance, such as food, clean water, sanitation facilities and medical care, while around $486 million will be used to help people restore livelihoods lost in the drought.
Somalis are still suffering acute watery diarrhoea and measles despite the considerable obstacles humanitarians face in Somalia. There are also regional states which are not under TFG leadership and aiming to receive new weapons so that who is going to stop it if the arms embargo ended.
The United Nations imposed the arms embargo in 1992 one year after warlords overthrew President Mohamed Siad Barre and erupted the country into civil conflict.