Condi Rice Chooses Somali Prime Minister Over
Pirate President, Dodges on Eritrea
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 16 -- Condoleezza Rice
sided Tuesday with the Somali prime minister whom that country's
fired, and in so doing agreed with the Ambassador of Sudan, among
City Press asked Ms. Rice to comment on her Department seeking to deem
a state sponsor of terrorism, and on who is the leader of Somalia who
legitimately authorize military incursions by the U.S. and other
fighters of piracy. Ms. Rice referred to
"difficulties caused by the policies of Eritrea" and said "we'll
look at what actions we should take." Video here,
from Minute 14.
Democratic Party-leaning think tank, the Enough Project, last week
and George W. Bush of planting landmines in Somalia policy to trip up
Obama, Hillary Clinton and Condi's namesake -- and former student --
Rice. But South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, when Inner City
if he thought the U.S. taking action on Eritrea would be a good idea,
hadn't heard of it. He acknowledged that it is hard to know who is in
in Somalia -- some say there are two Prime Ministers, he said. Video here,
But what is
behind President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed firing Nur Hassan Hussein and
him with former interior minister Mohamed Mohamud Guled? Inner City
UN sources say that once Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed lost the support of
became accused of profiting from piracy, he saw the end was near for
him. He is
like a sinking ship, and everyone from Condi Rice to Sudan's Ambassador
jumping to the side of the prime minister Nur Hassan Hussein.
Condi Rice at UN on Dec. 16, moves against
Eritrea not shown
on which Rice and Sudan are not in agreement is whether the U.S. will
piracy resolution to justify incursions onto the Somali mainland and to
establish, as Sudan put it, a permanent presence in the region. Inner
Press asked, don't the U.S. and France already have permanent bases in
Djibouti? That's different, Sudan's Ambassador said. That is arranged
countries. Video here,
from Minute 1:11.
it's permanent, and some suspects picked up in Somalia have been
Camp Lejeune in Djibouti. Perhaps Obama will solve all this. Perhaps.
Postscript, 11 p.m. -- Hours after the UN Security
Somali pirate session ended, a few blocks south through the snow, Inner
Press learned yet more about the day's proceedings. The Somali foreign
had asked to speak first, before the vote, for a mere five minutes. But
Croatian President of the Council said no, because Permanent Five
that their ministers should speak first, their time was more important.
they concerned that the Somalis might not agree to turn their territory
the Contact Group on Somalia meeting, two of the Permanent Five opposed
other on what a peacekeeping mission in Somalia should look like. US
UK -- as it was in Kenya, Inner City Press' snarky sources say...
Click here from Inner City Press'
December 12 debate on UN double standards
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City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics
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and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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