July 3, 2012 ·21 Comments
BERBERA — Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed has returned back after a week-long trip to Dubai where he held a meeting with his counterpart TFG President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.
The two men met on the sidelines of a two-day counterpiracy event in the UAE to formally endorse the Chevening House Declaration, a process for dialogue between the countries.
Speaking to local reporters, President Silanyo confirmed that they both agreed to the continuation of the proposed dialogue and to allow the two committees to formally start negotiations in order to clarify future relations between the two countries.
Dr. Mohamed Abdullahi Omar, Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the Dubai meeting mainly focused on the framework for the future dialogue and areas of potential cooperation between Somaliland and the TFG. He emphasized that his government was committed to regional peace, stability and democracy in the Horn communities.
Dr. Omar underlined that the sides have agreed to use these opportunities to resolve their difference and reconcile — “without compromising sovereignty and integrity of Somaliland Republic” – between the Somaliland Republic and Somalia.
Former president Dahir Riyaale Kahin and UDUB party chairman, who was part of the large delegation said the Somaliland’s independence is irreversible and nonnegotiable.
The other notable members of the included opposition leader Faisal Ali Warabe, Muse Bihi, the chairman of the ruling Kulmiye party and members of parliament and civil services.
The Dubai Statement, signed on 28 June 2012 by Somalia’s President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, paves the way for the first face-to-face negotiations between the two states in over two decades.
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By goth Mohamed