August 4, 2012 ·66 Comments
HARGEISA — President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo appointed a former Commander of an armed militant in Sool region as the Minister of State for National Reconciliation for Eastern regions on Saturday.
Mr. Silanyo issued a Presidential decree appointing Kayse Abdi Yusuf, the former SSC field Commander, as the first national reconciliation minister for Sool and eastern Sanaag.
Mr. Yusuf will now negotiate on behave of the government with SSC and Khaatumo groups in Buhodle and Taleh townships respectively.
Kayse promised to promote peace and reconciliation between all Somaliland groups.
The appointment of the former rebel Commander follows a July-agreement signed by the President and the leader of the SSC group, Suleiman Isse Ahmed ‘Hagaltosie’.
Mr. Ahmed gave his pledge to disarm his fighters in Buhodle to President Silanyo during a meeting held in Dubai last month. Both men agreed to resolve all disputes through dialogue and peaceful means.
The move has reportedly angered an another splinter-faction, Khaatumo based in Taleh, which is led by Somalia’s former Prime Minister, Ali Khalif Galeir.
Ahmed accused them of destabilising the region during his keynote address to Buhodle residents after his return from the UAE. It was just last week when he survived an attempt on his life after Khaatumo gunmen opened fire at him.
Meanwhile tribal elders and residents of Taleh are calling upon the Khaatumo separatist to leave their town as soon as possible. During a meeting held in the town, they said they will not host them anymore and urged them to take their fighters else where.
Their demand comes a day after some of the Khaatumo fighters defected and joined the Somaliland national army in Las Anod.
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