At UN, Somalia Peacekeeping Dream Dies a Quiet
Death before New Years, US Buckles
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
January 1 -- As mortar fire
rained down in Mogadishu on the palace of the President, who just
the UN the Security Council resolution for a peacekeeping force which
United States had said was a priority died a quiet death on December
30. At the
Council stakeout on New Years Eve, Inner City Press asked outgoing
African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo what would happen next on Somalia.
Ambassador Kumalo expressed disappointment that nothing was done by
when he and South Africa leave the Council. Kumalo
was the most vocal Ambassador on the Council
for engagement in
Somali civilians' two decade-long crucifixion. This was the last
would answer as a Security Council member, and he vowed to continue to
for Somalia even once off the Council.
is that in the run-up to the year-end deadline set by also outgoing
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Security Council members met at the
level on competing resolution drafts by the U.S. and the United
came to the UN earlier in the month, she and UK Deputy
Pierce crossed swords on the practicability of a UN Peacekeeping
in Somalia, with Pierce as the skeptic.
Amb. Kumalo over-shouldered by Condi Rice and
the leaning Khalilizad
insiders consulted by Inner City Press had expected the U.S. to push
for a vote
on its resolution by the end of the year, since its passage would be
likely with South Africa and Italy leaving the Council, ultimately the
backed down, not wanting an open conflict with the UK. Therefore on
it was said that attempts will be made in the new year to somehow merge
conflicting U.S. and UK drafts.
U.S. which backed the ill-fated Ethiopian incursion into Somalia during
Christmas to New Years period in 2006 ended up further selling out
civilians during the same period two years later. On New Years Eve in
the Council, outgoing U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad did not mention
only Gaza. The same was done by UK Ambassador John Sawers: Gaza only.
Afterwards, Inner City Press tried to get Africa answers but was told
coverage is too negative. But what about the impacts in Somalia? This will be pursued in the new year.
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