OPINION | March 11, 2012
“Somalia” is been a bottle-neck that is crooked, too narrow or roughly-finished to the international community. The lawlessness in “Somalia” is harboring terrorism, piracy and human trafficking activities which disturbs the international marine and security. Somali piracy is destabilizing the crucial sea route that crosses the “Somalia” coast.
After 14 failed attempts to bring Somalis to settlement, the government of United Kingdom led by H.E. Prime Minister David Cameroon, recently, organized a unique conference in terms of participants compare to the earlier failed meetings. The much-heralded conference took place at Lancaster House on 23rd February 2012, attended by fifty-five delegations.
Mr. Cameroon government convinced Somaliland to attend the meeting, as a new approach to tackle Somali problem. It was first time that elected Somaliland leader shared a table with “Somalia’s” faction leaders, and gifted away experience in state-building, good governance and democracy. Somaliland employed Somali traditional manner of conflict resolution, which worked effectively in Somaliland, and could be replicated in “Somalia” too, only if “Somalia” faction are sincere of ending the 21 years old turmoil.
After bearing tremendous political pressure from opposition, Somaliland President H.E. Mr. Ahmed Siilaanyo won the trust of the people to attend Somalia London Conference. After national level debate on the subject, both the houses of the parliament endorsed Somaliland’s participation in the conference.
Somaliland is ready to train former countrymen on crisis management. Somaliland donated nearly a million dollars in aid to “Somalia” during 2011 humanitarian crisis that resulted from many years of drought-out, which placed Somaliland on the top of African donors.
The conference had communiqué that consisted of seven points including dialogue between Somaliland and “Somalia” on their future political status. At end of the conference, international leaders instructed their Somali counterparts to work together to achieve communiqué before June 2012.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed to take stronger action against any leader that disturbs the six point result of the conference, and Mr. Cameroon highlighted his government’s commitment towards save enforcement of all agreed points. The world will assess the achieved results in the next meeting on “Somalia” in Istanbul, Turkey.
However, the President of Transitional Federal Government of “Somalia” Sheikh Sharif Ahmed violated the communiqué highpoints by recognizing illegitimate soi-disant administration called “KHAATUMO” within Somaliland’s international border (colonial border of 1960). The “KHAATUMO” outlaws are creating instability in eastern regions of Somaliland particularly Buhodle City.
Ali Khalif Galaydh is head of such criminal gang and recently met Sheikh Sharif in Mogadishu, to get more support for his illegal armed activities in Somaliland. Sheikh Sharif is providing all forms of support to the “KHAATUMO” militia in order to weaken Somaliland development.
Sheikh Sharif’s support to the armed gangs inside Somaliland borders angered many ministers in his government. Prime Minister Office issued statement rejecting Sharif’s decision to recognize “KHAATUMO” bandits, also, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense declined the decision, more over there are many MPs who dismissed Sharif’s conclusion.
Sharif’s main objective was to destabilize Somaliland and rule out any future political discussions with Somaliland. He is trying to bring Somaliland into the 21 years old chaos of “Somalia”. This is clear violation of London Conference Communiqué.
The international community must stop such illegal activities of Sheikh Sharif against Somaliland democracy and stability. Somaliland will defeat the bandits and defend its border with all possible mechanism of self-defense. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister David Cameroon and “Somalia’s” well-wishers must stonewall such illegal activities by Sheikh Sharif, if not, the Somali situation in the region may get into more chaos.