Somaliland:Turkish foreign policy; the great mediator between Somalia and Somaliland.
Turkey’s mediating skills have even aroused excitement in Africa. Mr Davutoglu Turkish foreign minster recently revealed that Botswana had sought his help in fixing a territorial dispute with Namibia. Flattered though he was, however, Mr Davutoglu confessed that, for once, he was stumped.
But recently Turkish government has invited officials from both the Somalia federal government and Somaliland government to hold first talks in Turkey in the mid of this month, Somaliland foreign minister Mohamed Abdullahi Omar said on Monday.
In a press conference in Hargeysa, minister Omar confirmed that Somaliland administration has received the invitation letter from the Turkish prime minister to come to Turkey for talks with the Somali federal government.
“Both sides of Somaliland and Somalia have received the invitation and we confirm that we have officially approved.” the minister said.
Somaliland, an autonomous region in the north of Somalia has been lobbying to be separate state from Somalia since 1992, a year after the overthrown of former central government in Somalia, However, Somaliland’s self-proclaimed independence remains unrecognised by any country or international organization.
In 2012, both sides have started the first formal talks in London and were mediated by the British government but this time it is a new Turkish initiative.
“The two presidents will sit together and will discuss various issues concerning Somalia and Somaliland.” the minister added.
Somali federal government has not yet confirmed the initiative.
On Sunday, Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo has repeated that his administration will not attend the upcoming London conference on Somalia hosted by British government that will be held on May 7th, 2013 in London.The Oil and mineral discoveries by Turkish companies in somaliland give Siiraanyo government more leverage than before .
Edited by Abdirahman Bidhan Dahir bcfm radio 93.2fm Bristol UK