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Rift Over UN's Call to Train Police for Somali Government Is Downplayed by UN Headquarters

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, February 7 -- Should the UN in Somalia now help train the police force of a government carried from Baidoa to Mogadishu behind a phalanx of Ethiopian troops?

    The question is raised by a recent exchange of letters between the UN's Eric Laroche and the Paris-based NGO Action Contre la Faim, ACF, obtained Wednesday by Inner City Press. ACF states that it currently has "a team of 90 Somali employees and five to seven expatriates permanently based in the field... implementing humanitarian projects in Wajid supporting more than 20,000 people [and] 2000 other Somali employees running health and nutrition activities in Mogadishu for more than 5,000 people per month, with the support of expatriates who visit them as regularly as possible."

            The trigger for ACF's January 21 letter was Laroche's exhortation, as now stated on the Internet, that "there is now a window of opportunity in Somalia to establish some degree of governance, law and order."

            As ACF's Xavier Dubos put it in the letter,

"the press release states a range of various activities prioritized by the UN which mix for example the 'training of police', 'the demobilization and reintegration of militias' and the 'provision of urgently needed basic social services.' ACF is fully aware of a general trend by governments and the United Nations to develop integrated, coherent policy approaches to international conflict and instability, combining political (and sometimes military) and aid instruments. But we wish to alert OCHA about the real risks created in the field by mixing the need for humanitarian aid and other political priorities. Besides inherent challenges, in this complex context, quick intervention in inadequate conditions or misperception by local actors of the impartiality and political independence of humanitarian workers may simply put the latter in danger and hamper humanitarian access and assistance to the populations in the short term and in a durable manner.

  These precautions are even more relevant given the current tense security context in Mogadishu. Humanitarian aid must be solely based on the needs of the population and strictly guided by humanitarian principles, especially impartiality and independence. One could expect that, given its specific mandate, OCHA and the Humanitarian Coordinator could strengthen the necessary distinction between humanitarian activities and any political agenda."

            On February 5, having heard about this letter but not yet having a copy of it, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman, as transcribed by the UN:

Inner City Press:  Thanks, and also, referring to a letter by the NGO "Action Contre la Faim" to Eric Laroche, the Somali representative of the UN, basically criticizing Mr. Laroche for siding too clearly with the Ethiopian incursion and sort of taking almost a US side.  I want to know if thereís any response to that analysis and if it can be confirmed that the letter was received, and what response is being sent?

Spokesperson:  I cannot confirm this at this point.  I donít have any information on that.

Inner City Press:  Can you get confirmation on that?

Spokesperson:  Sure.

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            The following morning, the Spokesman's Office told Inner City Press that

"Yes, there was a letter from Action Contre la Faim to the Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia (Eric Laroche). ACF was discussing its views on  priorities for humanitarian action in Somalia and their take on the current security situation.  There was nothing in the letter that remotely suggested Eric was 'siding with the Ethiopians.' Eric has now responded, reaffirming the UN position that there now exists a window of opportunity to reengage in Somalia on a humanitarian level."

            The UN did not provide a copy of Mr. Laroche's letter, much less of ACF's. But on February 7, Inner City Press obtained both. The ACF letter does, at least "remotely," suggest that by "training the police" in Somalia -- which has in the past two months faced an incursion by Ethiopian troops with American support, and American gunship attacks on southern Somalia -- the UN is "mixing the need for humanitarian aid and other political priorities" raising questions about  "impartiality and political independence." The ACF letter cannot legitimately be characterized as a discussion of "priorities for humanitarian action," because it characterizes some of the UN's stated priorities as not only not a priority, but as inconsistent with humanitarian action. It's a debate that needs to be had, but one that the UN appears to want to prevent or to sweep under the rug.

            Mr. Laroche's response does not fully address the issue. Laroche argues that training the forces of the Transitional Federal Government might increase security and humanitarian access. Time alone will tell if this argument is true. But it is an argument, being made by the UN in the field.     After Wednesday's noon briefing, Inner City Press sought an answer to these questions from the Office of the Spokesman staff who had written that "there was nothing in the [ACF] letter that remotely suggested Eric was 'siding with the Ethiopians.'"  This staffer said, "I can't give you the letters," and then seeing that Inner City Press had them, added "I've said all that I can about them."

     While it may not be necessary to say, this spokesman is otherwise helpful and civil and more, even on Wednesday, for example, on a question about Abkazhia. Mr. Laroche's previous work, in Congo-Brazzaville and elsewhere, has been widely praised. But why would UN headquarters want to muffle its field workers' arguments and the debates with civil society of which they are a part? Developing.

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On Somalia, Ban Ki-moon and US Urge Inclusion of Moderate Islamists, While Words and Mortars Fly

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, February 6 -- As the mortars fly in Mogadishu once again, at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday said he is encouraged by the intention of Abdullahi Yusuf, president of the Transitional Federal Government, to "convene a reconciliation congress." Video here, from Minute 3:12.

            Inner City Press asked both Mr. Ban and U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff if they believe the TFG "is reaching out sufficiently to the remainder of the Islamic Courts" Union. Amb. Wolff also tipped his figurative hat to the need for an "inclusive political process including moderate elements of the Islamic Courts movement." Video here, from Minute 2:52.

            But speaking to the Yemeni press from Baidoa, Abdullahi Yusuf called the Islamic Courts "nothing but criminals" with whom he would not negotiate. Observers say this is one of the problems with the U.S.-based strategy of having Ethiopia restore the TFG to Mogadishu, with no commitments to openness. Now that the TFG feels it is in control, it has no incentive to negotiate with anyone.

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            Meanwhile, the UN's humanitarian coordinator Eric Laroche, previously criticized by several NGOs for pulling out of Mogadishu when it was held by the Islamic Courts (see, e.g., "UN defends move to pull out staff from Somalia," Oct. 26, 2006), put out of a press release urging NGOs to seize the "window of opportunity" presented by Ethiopia's march to Mogadishu. Reportedly, several NGOs are unhappy with Mr. Laroche's statements, including as read-out at the UN, that "the international aid community must take immediate advantage of the window of opportunity that now exists in Somalia by substantially re- engaging in Mogadishu." One observer mused to Inner City Press, "When will Mr. Laroche be returning to Mogadishu from his base in Nairobi? Who is it, that he is urging back through the window?"

            Mr. Laroche has worked in the Congo and in Afghanistan. He is a respected UN figure. But as some note, the UN Security Council did nothing while the Somalia arms embargo was violated, as Ethiopia invaded, as the U.S. bombed south Somalia. Whether these policies will lead to peace is still very much in question.

            So too these same parties embrace of Laurent Gbagbo's initiative in Ivory Coast to negotiated directly with the Soro-led Forces Nouvelles. Tuesday Inner City Press asked U.S. Ambassador Wolff if these new direct talks complied with Council Resolution 1721,  and if elections will still be held in October. Video here, from Minute 8:08.

            Amb. Wolff replied that "there are other elements in the equation in Ivory Coast, not just limited to Gbagbo and Mr. Soro." Another diplomat of a veto-wielding, Permanent-Five member of the Council later told Inner City Press this was a reference to discussion in the Council of rebels beyond the Forces Nouvelles. Selective inclusiveness, and an on-again, off-again commitment to elections, appear to be the theme at the UN, as regards Africa.

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