Mohamed Djama Elabe, the External Relations secretary-General of the Provisional Government of the Territory of the Afars and Issas, has called on all African leaders to persuade Somalia to change its "negative and obstructionist" attitude towards his country.
SV ZOOM IN AS Djama speaks to newsmen
"They are out brothers and neighbours", he said. "It is the Government in power in Somalia that is creating difficulties for the independence of Djibouti."
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Background: Mohamed Djama Elabe, the External Relations secretary-General of the Provisional Government of the Territory of the Afars and Issas, has called on all African leaders to persuade Somalia to change its "negative and obstructionist" attitude towards his country. He made the call at a news conference in Addis Ababa on Friday (30 January), on his way home from Mozambique where he attended the Organisation of African Unity's (OAR) Liberation Committee meeting on the future of the Territory.
The Somalian delegation to the OAR meeting raised a formal objection to Mr. Mohamed Djama's presence as the representative of the Government of his country.
The Territory, which is administered from the capital city of Djibouti, is the last French colony in Africa, and France has agreed to grant independence before June this year.
Elections for a Territorial Assembly have already been held and the National Union of Independence Party won a large majority.
The party then appointed Ali Aref Bourhan as the provisional Prime Minister and he formed a Cabinet.
Djibouti, a major port, is regarded as vital to its immediate neighbours ... Ethiopia and Somalia.
The port provides a direct link from Addis Ababa to the coast and the shipping lanes, while Somalia is claiming that the Territory should be under its jurisdiction.
The Djibouti Provisional Government wants total independence .. and the OAR Committee has backed its claims and, in a sweeping decision, recognised it as the future leader of the country by inviting it to take part in the Mozambique discussions.
Mr. Mohomed Djama told newsmen that his Government had no antagonism at all towards the people of Somalia.