all sorts of fortune hunters have been heading for Somalia to plunder its wealth. Nothing of the country’s God-given patrimony has been spared and Somalia is today like a bleeding kill that will turn into a dead carcass if the current trend continues unabated. Foreign fishing fleets had been swarming all over Somalia’s long coastline, rapaciously scooping its fish resources at the cost of present and future Somali generations. Dumping of dangerous chemical and perhaps radio-active toxic waste on the Somali coast by European shipping agents is continuing and the international community is immorally watching all this without interference.
As it is now the turn of dubious oil companies to loot Somalia´s natural resources, Africa Oil Corp has recently annouced that it had singned a letter of Intent with Red Emperor Resources NL ("Red Emperor"). The letter of intent is pursuant that Red Emperor will acquire a participating interest in the region of Sool in northern Somalia. It is very obvious that such deals are by-passing the people of Sool who have primary claim on the resources of their soil in which case no prospecting or exploitation of their resources is possible without the prior sanction and agreement of the traditional leaders and the civil society organisations of the area.
The Northern Somali Unionist Movement (NSUM), as an advocacy organisation promoting the interest of the people of Sool, Sanaag and Cayn (SSC), is hereby warning Africa Oil Corp and its affliates that their agreement with unauthorised leaders regarding our SSC regions is not worth the paper it is written on. They are merely wasting their time and money. The recent ICC report against Lundin Petrolium and its illegal activities in Sudan or what had happened to the Chinese oil Company in Ogaden should be salutary lessons of what happens when deals are done over the head of the locals and when their approval, interest and concurrence are ignored.
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