The credit belongs to the Somalis and the few non-government organisations, such as the Save the Children Fund (UK), which have helped the local people to stand on their feet. Instead of supporting local initiatives, the UN Secretariat has embarked on a dangerous course of destabilisation and dismemberment in Somaliland, and has threatened to send in troops against the wish of the people. As for the rest of former Somalia, the insecurity is still as widespread as it was in December 1992 when the American troops arrived.
Not a single demonstration has taken place in favour of UN policies in Somaliland or Somalia, as Mr Boutros-Ghali claims. On the contrary, there were demonstrations against the UN operation in Somaliland and Somalia. The latest demonstration was held on Sunday in London by the Somaliland community in the UK.
The UN operation is not a success as the secretary-general wants us to believe, but a total failure in every respect. If he is serious about restoring peace in Somalia, he should stop deceiving the international community and come to terms with the reality.
ISMAIL IBRAHIM AHMED
Editor, Somaliland magazine
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