June 29, 2012 ·53 Comments
MOGADISHU — Hundreds of people on Friday staged a rally in Mogadishu in support of Thursday’s landmark agreement between the leaders of Somalia and Somaliland in the United Arab Emirates.
The demonstrators gathered in a stadium in the district of Abdulaziz where they were addressed by Somali officials including the commander of the armed forces, General Abdulkadir S. Dini, the police commissioner, General Sharif S. Una-Maye and the mayor of Mogadishu, Mr. Mohamud A. Nur “Tarzan” as well as others.
They waved flags and sang patriotic songs in a rare show of support for the ongoing negotiations between Hargeisa and Mogadishu.
The mayor welcomed the crowd’s push and said the rally was a symbol of love and unity between the two Somali people. His words were reechoed by Mr. Mohamud Malin Nur, the director-general of Ministry of defense.
The protesters were joined by traditional leaders outside the stadium who also expressed optimism in a new relationship between Somalia and Somaliland. The traditional elders said they came out in solidarity of their northern brothers and hoped they will enter a new chapter of friendship, cooperation and mutual respect.
Hosted in Dubai by the government of United Arab Emirates, Thursday’s agreement paves the way for substantive talks between the two Somali neighbours. The international community has pledged its full support for the initiative which all began in February during the London conference.
The two agreed to the continuation of the formal dialogue that began in Britain last week and the next phase will bring two committees to the negotiation table in order to clarify their relationship.
According to reports in Dubai Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo and Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed have went into talks Friday to salvage their two-decade broken relationship for the second time as many days.
A source close to Mr. Ahmed said the sides have agreed to strengthen their bilateral relations and pledged to increase discussions. The new deal was reached after talks lasted several hours behind closed doors.
As well they have agreed to establishing permanent normal trade relations and free movement between the two people.
The report further disclosed that the two presidents have agreed to seek international experts on legal, economic and security matters. They added the two leaders have embraced each others.
(photos by Radio Mogadishu)
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