January 20, 2001
events in the Horn of Africa have clearly demonstrated Ethiopia's
blatant disregard for the territorial integrity of it's neighbors
and confirmed it's role as the largest threat to peace and
stability in the Horn of Africa.
a cessation of fighting along the Eritrean/Ethiopian front,
it is now apparent that Ethiopia has set its sights on The
has steadily increased its military presence in Bay and Bakool
regions while stepping up the delivery of arms to various
warlords opposed to the internationally recognized interim
government of Somalia.
has also moved a large contingent of troops from various areas
in Ogaden to points of entry along the Ogaden/Somalia border.
ONLF military officers monitoring the movements of Ethiopian
forces have reported a sharp increase in Ethiopian military
movements into Somalia in recent days. One ONLF observation
unit operating near Dolo town on the Ogaden/Somalia border
has reported the transport of large antennas and other communication
equipment reportedly intended to establish a broadcasting
station manned by Ethiopian troops in Southern Somalia. The
same observation unit reported witnessing Ethiopian civilians
being escorted into the Somali Republic by the Ethiopian military
apparently with the attempt of resettling them in these newly
troops have also stepped up efforts to block natural trade
routes between Ogaden and Somalia, which are instrumental
to the people of Ogaden due to so called "security" concerns.
Civilian residents along the southern portion of the Ogaden/Somalia
border are being forcefully relocated by Ethiopian occupation
troops apparently to hide the scale of Ethiopia military preparations
and operations currently underway in Somalia.
addition, ONLF informants in Gode, the capital of Ogaden,
have reported the establishment of an operations center intended
to provide logistical support for Ethiopian expansion into
the Somali Republic. This operation center has been the scene
of a series of high-level meetings between Ethiopian military
commanders and their surrogates operating in Southern Somalia
in recent weeks.
Ethiopian occupation troops in Ogaden captured by ONLF fighters
in recent days have reported that they had been given orders
to prepare to "re-deploy" to points across Southern Somalia.
Others have reported being given orders to protect supply
routes for Ethiopian forces in Somalia at all costs in preparation
for an upcoming.
and other disturbing events witnessed by the ONLF and the
people of Ogaden indicate that Ethiopia is clearly bent on
occupying a large portion of Southern Somalia in its desperate
quest for an outlet to the sea.
attempt to establish a puppet regional administration in Bay,
Bakool and Lower Jubba regions and encouragement of other
regional administrations opposed to the interim government
is a blatant attempt to destabilize Somalia's first real attempt
at reconciliation in 10 years. Such acts can only be interpreted
as an attempt to destabilize the interim government and thereby
thwart any step towards the establishment of a unified and
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) urges the brotherly
people of Somalia to resist Ethiopian occupation and tyranny.
The ONLF further calls upon the Somali people to put there
differences aside and rise in defense of their nation against
Ethiopia's conspiracy to break up the Somali Republic.
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) urges the International
community to intervene and check Ethiopian expansionism in
the Horn of Africa before there is deterioration to a point
where we once again witness a massive loss of life.