December 20th, 2011
Minister of Foreign Affairs
HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
RE: PLACEMENT OF UAE TROOPS IN REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES
Dear Minister : HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
I am writing to you concerning the over involvement and overreaching of your country into the internal affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.
Most recently your leader Sheikh Khalifa Bin Nayan Al Zayed had completed the construction of a massive structure that violated Planning Authority rules and regulations, but was over ridden by the Consul of Ministers, citing the close relations enjoyed between your leader and James Michel, the current President of Seychelles.
This represents not one abode in Seychelles, but numerous houses and palaces owned by your leader in Seychelles. In junction with building numerous abodes, he has embarked on a land grab effort, buying up land from any one willing to sell. I will not delve into individual transactions at this time.
After settling the La Misere fiasco of polluted water runs into drinking sources of 12, 00 residents in the area, the UAE funded a scanning center for the hospital worth $10 Million, then installed Two (2) generators of 18 megawatts worth $18 Million all at the run up to the 2011 Presidential Elections.
The Commonwealth Observers cited in their report on the election that “money and finances play a major role in determining the outcome of elections in Seychelles”. They could not have missed the detail of the UAE over interference in Seychelles, which coincidentally was augmented on the eve of the Presidential Elections. Your government even donated 40 new buses to the crumbling bus system that has failed under Communist management for years.
At about this time 2010, the UAE announced that it will finance the construction of a military base installation in Seychelles, though we already have existing bases with access to the sea. At the opening of the base, I have been informed that UAE troops were sent to Seychelles to officiate the opening of the base and a contingent of troops will be stationed in Seychelles on a rotation basis.
Foreign troops in Seychelles sent by any country, compromises our national sovereignty. Given the particularly close relationship professed by James Michel to your leader combined with a systematic land grab effort and overt expansion, gives reason for even great concern on the matter of our sovereignty is being compromised and even exploited by the UAE because we are vulnerable in size and finance.
Seychelles Constitution places defense of her territory and protection of her sovereignty squarely in the hands of the Seychelles People’s Defense Force, and does not envision the partitioning of her sovereignty to a foreign alien force. To do this requires a constitutional referendum passed by the People of Seychelles, (Seselwa Rasin) by 60% of the votes cast.
Having said that, in as diplomatic manner as I can put it Sir , UAE troops presence are not welcome in Seychelles.
Their presence will destabilize the socio economic conditions of our micro island state which is 90% Catholic and Christian.
Seychelles Freedom Party consider the presence of UAE troops illegitimate and such presence amounts to unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of our state, under the guise of fighting piracy, but in reality, the troops are here to protect a dictatorial regime, which has close ties to your leader, that regime has failed to live up to the commitment of Democracy, respect for
Law and Order, respect for independence of the Legislative Branch of government and respect for the Judiciary Branch of government.
With this in mind, we ask that you quit your support of this rouge regime in the Indian Ocean.
The Michel regime is being exposed everyday for what it is. We will not accept the pretext of fighting piracy as a legitimate pretext to station any troops in Mahe, Victoria, Seychelles.
The pirates are 1,200 miles away from our capital and the best remedial measure to combat piracy is to arm ships in route and train men on board to be ready to deal with a possible attack. Additionally, Somalia needs all the humanitarian assistance it can get to fend their people off using piracy as a way to earn GDP.
Seychelles Freedom Party
Cc: US Embassy, Port Louis
British High Commission
Indian High Commission
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mauritius