Somali called on the United Nations' Security Council on Wednesday (18 February) to condemn France for what the Somali delegate has termed the "unprovoked and cold blooded aggression of French policies in Djibouti.
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HUSSEIN: "The incident was just one part of a systematic plan by France to strengthen and perpetuate French political and strategic interests in the region, regardless of whether or not the territory would accede to independence. France is aware that the international community is opposed to colonial policies either in French Somaliland or elsewhere and methods which are being employed to give expression to these policies. This has been made abundantly clear by the United Nations General Assembly, by the Organisation of African Unity and by the non-aligned movements. Yet, despite appeals by both regional and world bodies, French policies in the territory continue unchanged. Those policies have cost so much bitterness, injustice and suffering that the likelihood of that territory achieving independence in conditions of peace and harmony becomes more remote as each day passes."
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Background: Somali called on the United Nations' Security Council on Wednesday (18 February) to condemn France for what the Somali delegate has termed the "unprovoked and cold blooded aggression of French policies in Djibouti.
The accusation follows a shoot out between French and Somali troops on the Djibouti-Somali border earlier this month in which, it was claimed fifteen Somalis were killed and fourteen wounded.
The Somali delegate to the United Nations, Abdirizak Haji Hussein, said the border incident was "just one part of a systematic plan by France to strengthen and perpetuate french political and strategic interests in the region."
Mr. Hussein called on the Security Council to immediately dispatch a fact finding mission to the area to "assess compensation due to be paid to Somalia by France."
Mr. Hussein was speaking at the start of a fifteen nation Council debate requested by both France and Somalia to deal with the shooting incident which coincided with French troops freeing a bus load of French school children held hostage by guerrillas in the border region.
France has alleged that its troops came under fire from acrose the Somali border while Mr. Hussein has charged France with unprovoked aggression.
The French representative to the United Nations, M.Louis de Gupiringaud, said the french troops merely responded to fire directed at them "by troops on the Somali side of the border."
M.Gupiringaud said France was ready at any time to enter into talks with the Somali government.
This film is serviced with part of the speech made by Mr.Hussein to the Security Council. Mr. Hussein spoke in English. A transcript follows