China could be key to Somali crisis
Published 08/08/2011 | 11:16
THE Somalia debacle played out by the UN and US under the Bush and Clinton administrations left a vacuum that was easily filled by the al-Shabaab Islamic militants in this region of the world that is now in such a perilous state.
From the days of the scramble for Africa, through to UN chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali's failed ‘An Agenda for Peace’ report published in 1992, Somalia has gone from despair to desperation.
The UN and the West have failed to break the deadlock in bringing about some normality to the Horn of Africa. We need a new approach and that might come from the most unlikely source – China.