Press Release From Jubaland State “The Jubbaland Administration repeatedly warned the Mogadishu-based Government to desist from its campaign to destabilize our nascent administration”
JUBBALAND STATE OF SOMALIA
June 08, 2013
The Government of Jubbaland State of Somalia and its peace-loving people strongly denounce the violence which anti peace elements along with Al-Shabab sympathizers mounted yesterday night resulting in the death of more than 36 civilians. This violence, the first since Kismayo liberated from Al-Shabab terrorists almost a year ago, is without a doubt encouraged and financed by the Government of Mogadishu.
We have in the past repeatedly called both through private and public channels the government in Mogadishu to respect the constitution of the Somalia Federal Government (SFG), exercise restraint, respect IGAD and UN Security Council resolutions and stop destabilizing our new administration which was established in a manner that is consistent with explicit provisions in the constitution. But all our peaceful efforts have so far fall on deaf ears.
Instead of working with us, Mogadishu rather chose a dangerous course of confrontation and a renewed conflict to the detriment of the country in general and Jubbaland State in Particular.
We regret that the Jubbaland Administration’s efforts towards normalization of the precarious peace in Southern Somalia and our focus and determined efforts to defeat Al-Shabab are now being undermined by design.
The Jubbaland Administration repeatedly warned the Mogadishu-based Government to desist from its campaign to destabilize our nascent administration. We also publicly expressed that there is no way the people of Jubbaland will go back to days when Al-Shabab terrorist overloaded them and liberation of Jubbaland is finale and none-negotiable no matter what Mogadishu does.
If Mogadishu doesn’t restrain itself and it continues its deliberate Policy of destabilizing the
Jubbaland Administration, we have no other option but to fight at two fronts: one with AlShabab and another with anti-peace forces aided and abated by the Government in Mogadishu.
Make no mistake that our people are determined to go any length to foster peace and cooperation with Mogadishu short of given up our constitutional given rights to run our affairs and live peacefully in our own region.
We urge those who take up the guns to come to the table, resolve any real or imagined grievances through a peaceful means, and achieve all that by respecting law and order.
We also ask government in Mogadishu to stop its unbridled interference and policy of destabilization of our administration.
Jubbaland State Spokesmen