Nairobi, 17 April 2009: The UN Special
Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has strongly
condemned the recent targeted attacks in Mogadishu aimed at delaying the
ongoing work by the new Government to restore peace as well as the
adoption of Sharia law by the Parliament.
“Yesterday a group, acting in a furtive manner, attempted to assassinate
a courageous countryman who is a Cabinet member,” said Mr Ould-Abdallah.
“And the day before an innocent Member of Parliament, was killed. I
totally deplore these attacks on two true Moslems.
“It is clear that those behind these violent acts are desperate. They
are aware of the positive steps made by the Government and its efforts
to respond to the wishes of the people and the region. Progress is being
made in the field and all members of the international community are
expressing their willingness to help.
“Those who carry out these attacks against Somali Moslems will not
escape the justice of God or of men. They have been condemned, not only
by the international community and the Somali leadership, but by their
own people. Their real objective is to denigrate Somalia’s image in the
region and further abroad and to keep the country in the state of
lawlessness that has benefited them for the past 20 years. However I am
confident that this time they will not succeed.”