The Somali Minister for Mining and Natural Resources, Hussain Qassim, arrived in Nairobi on Thursday (22 September) for talks with the Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta.
SV: Nairobi airport terminal.
SV: Somali Minister for Mining and Natural Resources Hussain Qassim speaking to reporters in English.
QASSIM: "If the principle of the recognition of the inviability of territorial integrity has been accepted for example from 1945, we could easily say that the dependent territories, the colonial territories under French, British, Portuguese rule, would have continued to remain so. Because indeed in 1945 they were a part of the French, British Portuguese and what have you empires. Consequently another concept which is inherent to the principle of respect for the territorial integrity of sovereign states is that the territory itself has to be the legitimate territory of the state that claims it. Otherwise where would the world be today. Where would the whole of Africa be apart for (indistinct) apart for Britain, and apart from France. Now Ethiopia claims to be trying to take the convenient route to say that probably because of this Africality and because of its geographic proximity to the area it has colonially occupied, that Ethiopia could venture a claim to have exception from such a universal rule. The people of western Somalia and their legitimate struggle therefore are not violating the territorial integrity of Ethiopia, but on the contrary are re-establishing their own territory and territorial integrity in a process of a struggle for liberation."
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Background: The Somali Minister for Mining and Natural Resources, Hussain Qassim, arrived in Nairobi on Thursday (22 September) for talks with the Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta. The two men discussed the escalating fighting in Ethiopia's Ogaden desert.
SYNOPSIS: At a Nairobi Airport news conference, Mr Qassim explained why the people of Western Somalia were fighting.