August 7, 2012 ·40 Comments
LAS ANOD — First round of formal peace talks between the Somaliland government and the rebel Sool, Sanaag and Cayn (Ain) or SSC, are due to begin Today, Somalilandpress has learned.
A 16-member SSC team led by outfit’s chairman Suleiman Isse Ahmed ‘Hagaltosie’ arrived in Burao on Monday night to open the negotiations. Consisting of traditional elders, business leaders, politicians and civil society groups, they were met in the village of Yayle by high ranking ministerial team.
The negotiating panels of the government include Abdulaziz Samale, minister of finance, Hersi Ali Haji Hassan, minister of presidency, Mohamed Nur Arale, minister of interior and Kayse Abdi Yusuf, minister of state for national reconciliation. Faisal Ali Warabe, the former opposition leader of UCID party, was also part of the delegation as well as regional leaders.
Prior to Burao, the SSC entourage was escorted by the presidential peace committee to the town of Oog, where a dinner in their honor was held. While some spent there night there, the senior leaders of SSC were taken to Somaliland’s second city of Burao.
Following the meeting between Mr. Silanyo and Ahmed, both sides agreed to hold talks in a bid to fast-track the negotiations. Mr. Hagaltosie agreed to disarm his rebels and work with the government’s development agenda and pledged to do his utmost best to curb militancy and bringing peace and stability to the Buhodle region.
Goth M Goth
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