December 22, 2011
The Independent (UK)

Britain's New Year Resolution: Intervene in Somalia

by Kim Sengupta

David Cameron describes Somalia as "a failed state that directly threatens British interests" and will convene a summit in London in February to bring together the countries currently active in the Horn of Africa state. A number of key decisions are expected to be made there, ranging from humanitarian aid to military missions.

The Prime Minister's decision to tackle the Somalia quagmire is seen by some as being fuelled by the success of the Libyan venture.

Mr Cameron is concerned about tourists and aid workers from the UK being attacked and kidnapped, the rise of piracy and the potential for the East African country to become a place of extremist indoctrination for increasing numbers of young Muslims from the UK. . . .


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[When the British, with due colonial duplicity, arrogantly handed the Ogaden region over to Ethiopia in 1954, the ethnic Somali people found themselves under occupation by, what they regard as a foreign power. The centuries old struggle for self-determination, has since 1984 been taken up by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), predictably regarded as 'terrorists' by the Ethiopian government.

The region, rich in oil and gas reserves, is potentially the wealthiest area of Ethiopia.--Graham Peebles, "Besieged, Abused, Ignored -- Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden People,", February 8, 2013]

Thomas C Mountain, "The UN and 250,000 Dead Somalis,", May 7, 2013

[Somalia's government has signed an oil and gas exploration deal with a newly formed British company, the first such agreement by a central government in Somalia following decades of conflict.--"Somalia Signs Oil Exploration Deal With UK Firm,", August 6, 2013]

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