June 28, 2012 ·22 Comments
DUBAI — The presidents of Somalia and Somaliland have agreed to continue talks on Thursday in Dubai where the two leaders signed the Dubai Statement paving the way for mutual relationship.
This is the first breakthrough in more than twenty years between the two feuding neighbours. Somaliland has been striving for international recognition since 1991 and maintains its independence will not be compromised.
“This is a breakthrough and we are happy that our brothers in the north want to speak and negotiate,” Mr Ahmed, TFG president, said.
The TFG, whose mandate expires in less than 60 days, claims Somaliland is one of its regions that will make up future federation.
Somaliland President has equally welcomed the development saying “this will help for peace in the region as a whole, it will help in the fight against piracy and terrorism.”
The Dubai meeting and its statement follows preparatory talks in Chevening House on 20-21 June that was co-hosted by the UK government, EU and Norway at the request of Somali leaders.
The Dubai statement paves the way for the first formal talks between the two sides with the aim of clarifying their relationship. The UK government has pledged its full support for the dialogue which was reechoed by other leading states including the UAE.
“The UAE is very aware that you cannot overcome many years of pain overnight, therefore we are witnessing a historic moment where the two presidents meet and sign this agreement to negotiations,” said Anwar Mohammad Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
The Somali public on both side have welcomed the first ever meeting between the two Presidents. In Mogadishu residents have said “this is a victory for all Somali people, we hope the others can follow suit.”
The Somaliland delegation also includes the two opposition leaders Faisal Ali Warabe of UCID and former President Dahir Rayale Kahin of UDUB and the foreign minister Dr Abdullahi Mohamed Omar.
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