By Goth Mohamed Goth
Somaliland Minister of Aviation, Mr. Mahmoud Hashi Abdi has announced the lifting of the ban on UN airplanes its airspace during a press conference today held at Egal International Airport.
The Aviation minister said” This is the first time in nearly 20 years the control and running of the daily operations of the airspace and airports in Somaliland and Somalia is in the hands of Somalis and not foreigners and we have already informed International Air Travel Association (IATA) on the new development’.
“The government of Somaliland decision to lift the ban on UN flights came after both sides agreed to setup a committee which will be tasked with running the airspace of both Somalia and Somaliland which will be based in Hargeisa and the return of the controlling of the airspace from the UN,” said the minister of aviation.
The so called Mogadishu center which is now located in Nairobi and tasked with controlling the outer space of Somaliland and Somalia will be relocated to Hargeisa and the federal government will have the privilege to appoint who heads the joint committee with controlling of the airspace and airports.
The question which people are asking is that was the government of Somaliland after escalating its aspirations for nationhood or the revenues generate from the aircrafts using its airspace ?
Somaliland government to banned all UN airplanes from its airspace came in retaliation to the recently deal between the Somalia Federal Government met with officials from the United Nations Development Program and representatives from Civil Aviation Caretaker Authority of Somalia (CACAS) based in Nairobi in a bid to transfer supervision of the country’s airspace to Somalia federal government in Mogadishu which underscores the tripartite agreement between Somaliland, SFG and ICAO.
Somaliland and Somalia’s airspaces had in the past 17 years been placed under the control of the Civil Aviation Caretaker Authority of Somalia (CACAS) which is a civil aviation authority programme which was formed by the United Nations in 1996, with a mandate of running the daily operations of the airspace and airports of former Somalia.