US embassy cable - 06NAIROBI2653

LETTER FROM THE SOMALI ISLAMIC COURTS: A PROPOSED RESPONSE

Identifier: 06NAIROBI2653
Wikileaks: View 06NAIROBI2653 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Nairobi
Created: 2006-06-16 13:30:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PTER PINS PGOV PHUM SO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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SUBJECT: LETTER FROM THE SOMALI ISLAMIC COURTS: A PROPOSED 
RESPONSE 
 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Larry Andre, Reasons 1.4 (B) and (D) 
. 
 
1. (C) Post received a letter from the Union of Islamic 
Courts (UIC) June 12 (e-mailed to AF/E).  The letter, similar 
to other missives issued by the UIC, portrays the UIC as a 
largely benevolent entity interested primarily in the 
well-being of the residents of Mogadishu.  The letter lists 
the organization's key objectives as: 
- creating a peaceful climate in Mogadishu 
- securing the city and allowing legitimate humanitarian 
agencies to provide services 
- engaging the TFG to advance the Somali peace process and 
start reconstruction of the country, and 
- helping establish a government elected by the people and 
accountable to them. 
 
2. (C) Because this letter was addressed directly to the 
Ambassador, Post believes this provides us an appropriate 
opportunity to communicate with the UIC.  This is an 
opportunity for the UIC to demonstrate its stated 
anti-terrorist credentials by turning over al Qaida personnel 
in areas it controls.  Post proposes the following response: 
 
BEGIN TEXT 
 
Thank you very much for your letter of June 12. 
 
My government has noted your repeated declarations of 
peaceful intent.  We trust that these fine words will be 
turned into action through dialogue with the Transitional 
Federal Government.  We look forward to the time when all 
Somalis can live peacefully in a country with an accountable 
and representative government. 
 
I particularly note your letter's indication that the Union 
of Islamic Courts is firm in its rejection of any form of 
terrorism.  This is an issue that is of critical importance 
to my government.  The manner in which you address the 
foreign al Qaida presence in Mogadishu will determine for us 
your intentions for Somalia and its relations with the 
outside world.  If you turn over these individuals to face 
justice for the murders and other terrorist acts they have 
perpetrated and continue to plan, we will have a clear signal 
of your desire to contribute positively to the establishment 
of a peaceful, stable and responsible Somali state.  If, 
however, these individuals are allowed to continue to find 
refuge within territories controlled by the UIC, our 
conclusion will be that your Union is complicit with an 
entity that has taken the lives of innocent Kenyans, 
Tanzanians, Americans, and Somalis, and intends to do so 
again.  Our actions will be determined accordingly.  As my 
government has stated repeatedly, we will work with anyone 
who will help us counter the terrorist threat emanating from 
Somalia, specifically Mogadishu. 
 
I sincerely hope we can work together to strengthen the 
Transitional Federal Institutions, bring peace and 
development to the Somali people, and eliminate the terrorist 
threat within Somalia. 
 
END TEXT. 
 
3. (C) Post is standing by for the Department's response to 
this recommended course of action. 
 
 
 
 
BELLAMY 

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