HARGEISA(Somalilandpress)–Somaliland’s minister of Defence, Ahmad Haji Ali Adami, today released a statement saying that the Somaliland Armed Forces will not and cannot accept the encroachment of sovereignty and criminal behaviour of the Puntland backed militia that yesterday kidnapped and killed members of a Somaliland delegation headed by Salaban Yusuf Ali Koore parliament member, on route to the Somaliland province of Sool. He was quoted as saying, “We are waiting for the response from the administration of Puntland, based in Gerowe, on how they will respond to the killing and kidnapping of our government officials that were headed to their home villages of Taleeh on government work”.
The Minister also stated that recently the state administration of Puntland has either directly or indirectly been involved in the deterioration of relations with Somaliland. He also made reference to the recently released tanker carrying fuel to Somaliland that was hijacked by pirates and held for ransom in Puntland waters.
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During an exclusive phone interview with the Minister, SomalilandPress reporter asked certain questions pertaining to this new development with Puntland. The question put to the Minister was, “is the option of military action possible with regards to this violation of Somaliland sovereignty by a Puntland backed militia?” He then replied “The Armed Forces of Somaliland is here to protect the people of Somaliland anytime and anywhere they are in harm’s way, any threat to our people and country will not be tolerated” He also added “ Every Action has a reaction, and we are very displeased by the actions of Puntland government. We will let Puntland know about this displeasure. It is our obligation to protect our country and our people and therefore our military will not sit and watch idly…”