ONLF discredits VOA’s recent reporting of ONLF forming alliance with Somali Opposition Groups. – ONLF PRESS RELEASE

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The Voice of America (VOA) recent report citing unnamed sources alleging that Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has entered into a coalition with political entities in Somalia is far from reality and well within the realm of fantasy. (more…)

The Voice of America (VOA) recent report citing unnamed sources alleging that Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has entered into a coalition with political entities in Somalia is far from reality and well within the realm of fantasy.

For nearly two decades, the TPLF regime has been engaged in an deliberate effort to misrepresent our struggle to the international community in a bid to divert attention from the legitimate grievances of the people of Ogaden. This misrepresentation has included efforts to portray the ONLF as a religious organization instead of a nationalist organization and TPLF statements aimed at leaving the impression that the scope of our military operations extend beyond Ogaden.

The ONLF wishes to make clear to the international community that we are not, have not been and will not be a party to the ongoing conflict in Somalia as a matter of policy and principle. In that regard, the ONLF is not, has not been and will not be a part of any coalition with political groups in Somalia. The only coalition that the ONLF is a proud member of is the Alliance for Freedom & Democracy (AFD). The foundation of the ONLF policy toward Somalia is that Somalia should be left to the Somalis and that the Ethiopian army should immediately and without condition, pull its troops out of Somalia.

The TPLF regime will have to face the reality that they must deal with the legitimate representatives of the people of Ogaden and abandon their failed military strategy in Ogaden and ongoing brutal crackdown against our civilian population. The TPLF must accept direct talks with the ONLF in a neutral country and in the presence of a third party arbiter with no pre-conditions placed on either side if there is ever to be a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the conflict between the people of Ogaden and successive Ethiopian governments.

The TPLF must also accept the call for an all inclusive conference made by the member organizations of the Alliance for Freedom & Democracy (AFD)

  1. fish
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    Militia loyal to former defence leader of the defeated Islamic Courts Union Yusuf Mohamed Inda-Adde have taken control of Bulo-Mareer and Qoryoley towns in lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia on Saturday after heavy fighting with soldiers loyal to the newly appointed governor for the region.

    At least five people were reported killed and seven others wounded in an armed confrontation with Ethiopian regime-backed forces in two towns of lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia.

    The fighting began yesterday afternoon in Bulo-Marer town 130km southwest of Mogadishu where government forces led by the governor of Lower Shabelle clashed with militiamen loyal to former ousted Islamists.

    Witnesses told Somalinet that the clashes in Bulo-Marer killed two people from both sides and wounded six others, two of them civilians.

    The fighting then spread to Qoryoley town 23km northwest of Bulo-Marer where three people were killed and another one was wounded.

    The fighting in Lower Shabelle region was related to a row over the control of the region between the newly named administration and the former authority.

    The new governor of lower Shabelle, Abdukadir Sheik Mohamed Nor, and his soldiers went to an unknown location after they were defeated in the latest fighting.

  2. fish
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    Ato Meles told us that they are mopping up but i don’t know what do they call it?

  3. zalalm
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    Ethiopian Somalis deny ties to Somalia’s Islamists
    afrol News, 9 June – The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which fights for self-determination for Somali-dominated Ogaden province of Ethiopia, today rejected the often made claim of a connection between the ONLF and the armed Islamist movement in Somalia.

    In a statement sent to afrol News, ONLF claimed that a recent report “citing unnamed sources alleging that ONLF has entered into a coalition with political entities in Somalia is far from reality and well within the realm of fantasy.” The armed movement cited reports on the government-controlled broadcaster ‘Voice of America’ regarding a “coalition” between ONLF, the Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union and Somali ex-parliament members.

    Several Horn of Africa analysts earlier have mentioned the ONLF as supporters of the Somali Islamists. While the ONLF has no religious agenda, analysts outlined the strategic importance of a cooperation between the two movements, which both fight against Ethiopian troops. Especially, it was noted, ONLF activities were stepped up soon after Ethiopian troops entered Somalia and ousted the Islamist government late last year.

    This widespread assumption however is now rejected by the ONLF, which claims that Addis Ababa authorities for two decades had been “engaged in a deliberate effort to misrepresent our struggle to the international community in a bid to divert attention from the legitimate grievances of the people of Ogaden.”

    “This misrepresentation has included efforts to portray the ONLF as a religious organisation instead of a nationalist organisation and [Ethiopian government] statements aimed at leaving the impression that the scope of our military operations extend beyond Ogaden,” the statement adds. The group says they “are not, have not been and will not be a party to the ongoing conflict in Somalia as a matter of policy and principle.”

    The ONLF statement nevertheless supports the Somali Islamists’ demand of an Ethiopian troop withdrawal from Somalia. “The foundation of the ONLF policy toward Somalia is that Somalia should be left to the Somalis and that the Ethiopian army should immediately and without condition, pull its troops out of Somalia,” the statement says.

    Regional leaders in the African Horn and East Africa are generally distrustful towards the ONLF as the group is seen as part of a larger movement calling for the establishment of a Greater Somalia. That entity is to unite territories predominantly inhabited by Somalis, including Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, eastern Ethiopia and north-eastern Kenya. Dreams of a Greater Somalia have spurred several wars in the region since independence.

    The ONLF, aware of these suspicions, however has tried to distance itself from the dream of a Greater Somalia. The armed group calls for self-determination for the Ogaden, saying it wants to offer the population a possibility to decide itself on whether to establish an Ogaden Republic. It legitimises its armed struggle in what it calls an Ethiopian “colonisation” of the Ogaden in the late 19th century, which should give the Ogaden Somalis a right to decolonisation in line with other African peoples.

    The Ogaden conflict however has not been recognised as a decolonisation issue by the UN or any state or institution. Only occasional Somali leaders in Mogadishu have recognised the ONLF’s struggle as a decolonisation issue.

    The ONLF makes several demands to Ethiopian authorities to lay down its weapons, saying Addis Ababa must “face the reality that they must deal with the legitimate representatives of the people of Ogaden and abandon their failed military strategy in Ogaden and ongoing brutal crackdown against our civilian population.” The government is urged to “accept direct talks with the ONLF in a neutral country and in the presence of a third party arbiter with no pre-conditions placed on either side if there is ever to be a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the conflict.”

    But Ethiopian authorities have so far rejected talks or negotiations with the ONLF, which they often refer to as a “terrorist group”. The armed group however finds increasing popular support among Somalis in Ogaden. Among the many armed ethnic conflicts in Ethiopia, the ONLF has by now emerged the strongest military challenge to the Ethiopian army.

    By staff writer

  4. zalalm
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    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Saturday that he hopes the U.N. Security Council will back funding for an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia so his troops can pull out.

    Ethiopia, the region’s military powerhouse, was vital in helping the Somali government drive out Islamic radicals who ruled much of the country for six months last year. But Ethiopian troops here come under regular insurgent attacks.

    Members of the U.N. Security Council are due to hold discussions on Somalia and Sudan this week in Addis Ababa, the African Union headquarters.

    “My hope is that they will back the African Union in financial terms so that additional peace keeping troops could be deployed,” Meles said. “The only thing hindering the deployment in Somalia is lack of funding.”

    Meles visited the Somali capital, Mogadishu, last week. He would not specify how many Ethiopian troops have been killed in the Somalia mission. Asked whether the figure was in the thousands, he said that was “out of range.”

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    African Union peacekeepers who began arriving in March also have come under attack. The peacekeepers, from Uganda, are the first here in more than a decade. Other countries have promised to send troops but haven’t done so.

    Somalia descended into chaos in 1991, when warlords ousted a military dictator and then turned on one another.

    Meles had not set foot in Mogadishu for years before his visit last week, but he does have a history here. Under the protection of Barre, Meles organized the rebellion that brought him to power from a base in Mogadishu.

    Much of Somalia has been ruled by violence and clan law for years. The U.S. sent troops in 1992 as part of a U.N. relief operation for tens of thousands of starving civilians, but in 1993 clan militiamen shot down two Black Hawk helicopters and killed 18 American soldiers.

    U.S. forces withdrew in 1994 and the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Somalia was eventually abandoned in 1995.

    Somalia’s government had struggled to survive since forming in 2004 with backing from the United Nations, and was sidelined by the radical Islamic group until Ethiopia’s military intervened Dec. 24 and turned the tide.

    But insurgents linked to the Islamic group, known as the Council of Islamic Courts, have launched a guerrilla war, saying the government is allowing Ethiopia to “occupy” the country. The U.S. has long accused the Islamic group of having ties to al-Qaida, which the council denies.

  5. zalalm
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