Mogadishu, 08 Dec. 2014 (Qalin) – The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Federal Government of Somalia has been closely monitoring the illegal activities of ARC, a Chinese company. ARC has been involved in the illegal digging and mining for minerals in the Simodi mountain ranges in the Awdal region of Somalia. These activities are a violation of Somalia’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty.
These activities are also a threat and an immediate danger to the fragile but improving political situation in Somalia ARC’s illegal activities have already caused civil turmoil and tensions among communities in the region following the company’s introduction of armed militia to protect its illegally obtained mining acreage.
It has been noted that ARC’s activities have also caused the large scale displacement of inhabitants in the area and the destruction of private property. ARC’s activities are very similar to other companies that have engaged in activities that have caused environmental
degradation, and the illegal disposal of harmful chemicals without regard to water
tables, grazing lands, and underground aquivors.
The Ministry, in order to mitigate the consequences of civil turmoil and tensions in
the community, hereby provide official notice to ARC to cease and desist immediately
from their illegal mining activities in the Simodi mountain ranges in the Awdal
region of Somalia.
The Ministry also provides notice herein that ARC’s activities have already caused clan tensions and political difficulties in Somalia, a country just emerging from conflict after 24 years. The Ministry hereby officially requests that the People’s Republic of China assist and support the Somali Federal Government’s efforts to stop the illegal mining activities of Chinese companies.
This request is made on the basis of the historical close relationship between the
The Somali Federal Government, represented herein by the Ministry of Petroleum and
Mineral Resources, provides a stern warning to all companies operating illegally in
Somalia on the basis of suspect, invalid, and illegal agreements and contracts with
individuals and organizations. The Federal Government of Somalia has exclusive
jurisdiction over foreign affairs and by extension agreements with international
companies. These illegal activities, contrary to industry best practices, have
already lead to the extraction and theft of valuable minerals from Somalia.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources hereby urges ARC to cease its
activities responsibily and immediately, to desist from further activities, and to
leave the country. ARC’s activities are not only a violation of Somali laws related
to the extraction of natural resources but also a violation of Somalia’s immigration
laws whereas citizens of China are illegally present in Somalia and conducting
activities without work permits.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources hereby informs ARC and other
companies illegally operating in Somalia that the Federal Government of Somalia will
take a legal action to protect the rights of Somali citizens and to safeguard the
fragile peace in the country. Federal Government of Somalia is not also responsible
for the safety and security of any individuals or companies operating illegally and
without the government’s knowledge in Somalia.
“in addition, the Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral resources denounces the baseless
information publicized by some local websites. however, the Ministry clarifies that
this informations is baseless.
The meeting between Chinese Embassy in Mogadishu and the Ministries of the Foreign
Affairs and Petroleum & Mineral Resources was only the issue of ARC, a Chinese
company, which resulted a huge local communities displacement, clan conflicts,
looting of natural resources, violation of international laws, breaching of national
sovereignty and unity of the country, all UN resolutions towards Somalia and
hampering the International Community’s efforts on the stabilization of Somalia”.
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