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US ‘opposed Kenya on Somalia buffer zone’

Postby TheblueNwhite » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:19 am

US ‘opposed Kenya on Somalia buffer zone’

By KEVIN J. KELLY NATION Correspondent New York
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The United States strongly opposes Kenya’s effort to establish a buffer zone in southern Somalia, a leaked diplomatic cable shows.
In the December 2009 message recently posted by WikiLeaks, a US State Department official is said to have “forcibly underscored” Washington’s concerns over reports that Kenya was “recruiting and training an ethnic Somali force as part of a ‘Jubaland’ initiative”.

US deputy Assistant Secretary of State Karl Wycoff expressed America’s position to Foreign minister Moses Wetang’ula at a meeting in Djibouti, the cable indicates.

Mr Wycoff emphasised to Mr Wetang’ula that the Jubaland move “is a bad idea that would more likely add to Somalia’s instability than to help stabilise the country”.

Wetang’ula defended the initiative by noting that it was an evolving concept and that Kenya had carefully coordinated every aspect of it with the TFG (Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government)”, the cable says.

The minister is said to have insisted nearly two years ago that the al Shabaab insurgency was “weak”.

He recalled during the Djibuouti talks that Ethiopian troops had marched into Mogadishu in 2006 “like a hot knife through butter”.

According to the cable, Mr Wetang’ula further said that the Kibaki administration hoped that the Kenyan-backed effort to defeat al Shabaab militants in southern Somalia would “cage in the Hawiye”, Somalia’s largest clan.
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The US should not only criticise Kenya’s plan but should also present its own proposals, the Foreign minister is said to have suggested. “I sincerely believe that good ideas should give way to better ideas,” he said.

Kenya could in any event no longer afford to sit on the sidelines, Mr Wetang’ula stressed. The threat of a major terrorist attack in Nairobi was increasing every day, he warned.

Difficult to implement

The cable also reports on Mr Wetang’ula’s acknowledgment that “some excited Kenyan military officers” had “bungled the earlier phases” of the Jubaland initiative.

The Jubaland plan had also been difficult to implement, Mr Wetang’ula added, because some Kenyan politicians of Somali ethnicity “saw any effort to weaken al Shabaab as an ‘Ethiopian plot’”.

The Foreign minister voiced confidence, however, that the plan would succeed, the cable reports.

A Human Rights Watch report last month noted that Kenya’s move to establish an 80-kilometre-wide buffer zone on the Somali side of the border would also allow Kenyan officials “to make the argument that Somali refugees could stay there instead of coming into Kenya”.

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Re: US ‘opposed Kenya on Somalia buffer zone’

Postby Voltage » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:56 am

So Kenya is anti-Hawiye? :?

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Re: US ‘opposed Kenya on Somalia buffer zone’

Postby The_Patriot » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:16 pm

If Kenya opposed Hawiye they would have not allowed them to flee and seek refuge in Kenya during the height of the war in 2006 onwards till todate.

US opposition to Kenyan interest seems a bit ambiguous.

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Re: US ‘opposed Kenya on Somalia buffer zone’

Postby TheblueNwhite » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:17 pm

Hawiye was seeking refuge in Kenya in '91 get your mind right son.

I'm not suprised the threat we pose to the Kenyans, we are the big ballers in lil Mogadisho, not to mention the Hawiye Somali Kenyans are giving the Ogaden a run for their money in the political arena. Hawiye has a habit of taking over territories, no wonder the Kenyans are scared of us taking over their country. :lol:

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Re: US ‘opposed Kenya on Somalia buffer zone’

Postby The_Patriot » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:35 am

TheblueNwhite wrote:Hawiye was seeking refuge in Kenya in '91 get your mind right son.

I'm not suprised the threat we pose to the Kenyans, we are the big ballers in lil Mogadisho, not to mention the Hawiye Somali Kenyans are giving the Ogaden a run for their money in the political arena. Hawiye has a habit of taking over territories, no wonder the Kenyans are scared of us taking over their country. :lol:


Adhigu you seem to be transporting this hawiye propaganda to another level. As I said Hawiye are not a threat to Kenya nor no Hawiye is giving the Ogaden a run for their money(We just recently got an MP position in Eastleigh mind you). Hawiye do not mess with Ogaden and infact they have issues with Garee folks. Its only one time that Degodia(who I dont beleive they are Hawiye) tried to fight us and they were surprised when they found themselves across the border into Ethiopia Moyale.

One time Qanyare tried but he found himself out of the country in hours. Infact when C/Yusuf wanted to round up Hawiye businessman in Kenya and the Kenyan officials wanted to act it was the Ogaden politicians that stepped in . So brother enough with this exporting of Xamar unuka leh mentality. No need to carry chip in your shoulders.

If you guys start pulling stunts then I am afraid to tell you guys would suffer most so the best thing is to join the somali chorus of unity that exists there.


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