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Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Professor Abdi Samatar on BBC

Tedla Asfaw
I heard professor Samatar on the BBC(May 15) saying that Melese Zenawi's plan to withdraw from Somalia is not true and in fact he said that appointing Somalis from Ethiopia to rule is underway.

He said that Lower Shabelle is now ruled by Ethiopian Somali and the future of Somalia is to be ruled by proxies which is a recipe for a protracted conflict.

He highlighted the rule in Ethiopia by the minority regime by appointing people of different nationalities to camouflage its direct rule is going to be replicated in Somalia.

On the same program a young man was saying that he was taught like many young Somalis that Ethiopians are their number one enemies and he and many Somalis will never accept to see soldiers from Ethiopia.

However, Somalis have now to retool their thinking and figure out who is Somali from Ethiopia and who is not.