The Abrasive Diplomacy of Somalia’s De-Facto President
The dire warnings of the head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia(UNPOS), Mr. Augustine Mahiga, acting in his assumed capacity as the de facto President of the failed Somali state, are nothing but a shameful camouflage to distract the international public opinion from his personal failure on the intractable quagmire of southern Somalia.
The unfortunate loss of life in Somaliland on May 15, 2012 is a matter of no concern to the UNPOS. For the past two decades, the state of Somaliland has developed a hybrid system of conflict resolution without any assistance or external intervention. The metamorphosis of this unique mechanism has been the envy of the global village and that is what sets the state of Somaliland apart from the anarchy afflicted rump state of Somalia.
Regardless of the gravity of the incident and the hasty ruling of the Military, the government and the people of Somaliland are capable and competent enough to handle the case in accordance with norms of domestic and international law; hence, the precedent setting paternalistic language of Mr. Mahiga are unwarranted and out of character. The veteran diplomatic should have known that state of Somaliland has survived more serious situations and this one will not be any different- We deal with our problems without the intervention of any United Nations agency. Somalia is where the expertise of UNPOS is needed most and it should be confined there.
For one thing the tone of the language of the press release of the de facto president of Somalia is ill-time, undiplomatic, and outright offensive. The admonitions of Mr. Mahiga are a sad reminder of the benevolent mentality of the Governor-Generals of the old British Empire.
On another level the frustration indicates the magnitude of the under current to scuttle the Somalia conference in Istanbul scheduled for June, 2012. The fiasco of southern Somalia has been around for twenty-one years; and the Istanbul convention will never change the dynamics of this hopeless case.
Ahmed Ali Ibrahim Sabeyse