Meles Regime blamed for Somali unrest
The Mercury | Dec 04, 2006 NAIROBI: Ethiopia had a military force of 15 000 men in Somalia and would be to blame for any war in the chaotic Horn of Africa state, the Speaker of parliament in Somalia’s interim government said yesterday.
Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan rejected a United States draft resolution before the United Nations that would relax an arms embargo in order to let regional peacekeeping forces enter Somalia, saying it could jeopardise talks between his government and rival Islamists.
Adan, one of the top leaders of the weak Western-backed Somali administration, has been making efforts to reconcile it with the newly powerful Somalia Islamic Courts Council.
He was scathing about Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who he said was destabilising the country by sending in a “massive military force” of men and equipment.
“If war takes place now, it will be the responsibility of Ethiopia and its prime minister,” he said.
Addis Ababa is the main backer of Adan’s fragile government, which has been confined to the provincial town of Baidoa by the rapid territorial gains of the Mogadishu-based Islamic courts.