Somalia peacekeepers ‘not viable’ – BBC

November 9th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

The idea of deploying UN peacekeeping troops to Somalia is “neither realistic nor viable”, the UN head has said. (more…)

The idea of deploying UN peacekeeping troops to Somalia is “neither realistic nor viable”, the UN head has said.

Ban Ki-Moon said that because of the security situation, it had not even been possible to send a technical assessment team to Somalia.

His comments come as more than 50 people died in battles in the capital.

A BBC correspondent says Ethiopian forces are engaged in reprisal attacks after two soldiers’ bodies were dragged through the streets on Thursday.

Similar scenes were witnessed after Somali militiamen shot down two US Black Hawk helicopters in 1993.

Fighting between Islamist-led insurgents and elements of the Ethiopian army for control of Mogadishu has intensified during the past two weeks, prompting thousands of citizens to flee the city.


In August the UN Security Council asked Mr Ban to look at the feasibility of sending UN peacekeepers to Somalia.

The African Union (AU) did agree to send 8,000 peacekeepers to Somalia earlier this year but only 1,600 Ugandan troops have actually made it.

The AU only wanted to be there for six months before being replaced by the UN.

Mr Ban suggests the international community could consider other options, including a multi-national force or what he calls a “coalition of the willing”.

But diplomats say it is hard to imagine which countries will want to contribute troops given how dangerous and chaotic Somalia is.

Few governments have forgotten the images of US troops being dragged through the streets by Somali militiamen back in 1993.

On Friday, Ethiopian soldiers are reported to have fired cannon shells into an area of the south of the city where insurgent militia are thought to be based.

The BBC’s Mohammed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu says, most of the dead are civilians, killed by the shells fired into markets and residential areas.

The insurgents are loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts which was expelled from Somalia after briefly controlling much of central and southern parts of the country.

The transitional government ousted the UIC with the help of Ethiopian troops.

  1. Damitew
    | #1

    i guess the somalians are kicking the Primitive Tigray peoples lebration dogs ass very badly, even the so called UN peace keeping couldn’t rescue them. Shame on the mercinaries

  2. woyane
    | #2

    Dear Damitew,

    The people fighting in somalia are not only from tigray.They are your brothers from all over
    ethiopia,dying for a great cause of their country and they will never,never be defited by muslim extremists ever.

  3. Brooks
    | #3

    The mission in Somalia accomplished 3 things.1 .Keep Somalians divided & fighting .2.Deny Somalia not to have Standing Army.3.Keep Eritrea to spend a meager resourses on anti Ethiopian Terrorist.Thank you.

  4. Kebe
    | #4

    whether somalians are divided against their enemy or not, we can observe from what is going on in somalia. the danger is for Ethiopia not for Eriteria. UN says peace kepping force is not needed in somalia under these circumstances. you fool yourself. whose resources are being damaged in Somalia? Just sleep somehwere and admire junta leader, Meles Zenawi.

  5. Brooks
    | #5

    Ethiopia is indigenous State like Egypt,Greece etc–Eritrea & Somalia are Curved in to Zonned(zone) States by 2 World Order the collapse of Communism & colonialism.Eritrea is a faild State.Somalia is transforming itself from old (nomadic) Society in to Communal Modern society.Both are in cercular poletical logic.The next world order might cure them.Thanks.

  6. Selam
    | #6

    Fool Cheater
    The existing G`t is trying to cheat us that they have
    One found Yoditgudit eh!
    Thas is not our culture and history to enter in
    Another land without any our country there
    Are morethan 4MillionSomale people living.They have
    The same right likr Tegrian people whether TPLF
    Wnant it or not.So let the Somali People find there
    Oun land solution.”Yerasua arrobat yesew letamasel hadech »
    The second lie from EPRDF(TPLF) RH2003 is to colonize
    Ethiopia eh!!Listehn SeyumMesfen resent Speech!!!!
    Rather I advice them to find a better way to solve
    The problem of hate against Tegrian People ,otherwise
    The Second Rounda will not be far.”MEWESHASHET yebeka”

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