[dehai-news] (ONLF) ONLF threaten to attack Petronas oil company

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Tue Aug 02 2005 - 07:41:21 EDT

O.N.L.F Statement: Exploitation Of Ogaden Oil & Gas Wealth

6 January 2009
The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has stated on multiple
occasions that we will not allow the exploitation of the Oil & Gas
wealth of our country as long as our people are denied their legitimate
rights to self-determination. In that context, the ONLF affirms that if
reports that Petronas will resume oil exploration activities in Ogaden
are true, this will not be tolerated.
When our people reclaim their rights to self-determination, all
legitimate ventures aimed at exploiting the Oil & Gas wealth of our
country will be entertained. However, until such time, all companies
interested in engaging in such activities should be on notice that the
Ogaden is a war zone and that the Ethiopian regime does not have
effective control of Ogaden, nor does it have the legitimacy to enter
into contracts on behalf of our people.
Petronas and similar companies should consider the damage to their
reputation if they effectively enter into a contract with a regime
engaged in war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ogaden. These
companies would be better served by seeking to play a role in resolving
the long standing conflict between the Somali people of Ogaden and
successive Ethiopian regimes so that they can pursue their economic
interests in an environment where they are welcomed by the people.
We urge Petronas to exercise corporate responsibility and steer clear of
Ogaden so long as our people are victims of genocide and their rights to
determine their own future are violently denied. To do anything less
would be to act as an accomplice to a regime engaged in yet another
African genocide.
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)


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