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US air-strikes in Somalia cannot be justified – Ó Snodaigh

10 January, 2007

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has reiterated Sinn Féin's complete opposition to the so called 'war on terror' being waged by the US and its allies. Speaking today, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the US must not be allowed to transform Somalia into "yet another of its 'bulwarks against terror'."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The situation in Somalia is highly tense and complex, with ongoing power-plays and interests at work between the US, the Ethiopians, the internationally recognised but domestically unpopular Somali interim government, the Islamic Courts Union and other local movements. The US must not be allowed to compound this already charged situation by transforming the area into yet another of its 'bulwarks against terror'.

"Even if the 'Al-Qaeda' excuse is genuine, the air-strikes which left dozens of civilians dead are an absolutely disproportionate use of force. This coupled with the fact that extra-judicial killings of this nature contravene international law means that the US actions simply cannot be justified.

"We all know how credible American intelligence has proven to be and no amount of it can justify air-strikes of this type which inevitably result in great loss of life. Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the so called 'war on terror' being waged by the US and its allies." ENDS

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