August 23, 2011 ·65 Comments
(Nairobi) The UN Somalia Support Centre in Nairobi attempts to establish conflict between Somaliland and Puntland as the UN organizations operated in Puntland tries to instigate a border conflict between the two administrations by taking advantage of the disputed regions of Sool and the Eastern parts of Sanaag which are territorially attached to Somaliland but ethnically belong to Puntland. Knowing the sensitivity of the disputed areas, the UN offices in Garowe with permission of their officers in Nairobi usually paid visits to areas across the border without the consent of the administration in Hargeisa.
The current tensions in Taleh district of Sool is the result of the recent visit by the United Nations with the Putland admistration in Garowe to Taleh followed by the ambush of the Somaliland officials from Lasanod by the presidential security from Garowe which had caused death and kidnapping of the Somaliland delegates that are now prosecuted in Garowe under the nose of the UN. That visit by the UN officials from Garowe and the followed incident, had not only created a fresh hostility between the two administrations, but fired a new animosity and bloodshed between the two brethren clans of Taleh District.
Now, UNICEF plans to ignite a similar disaster in eastern districts of Sanaag region by hauling aid from Garowe as a pretext for urgent Humanitarian aid to drought affected areas in the region with a mere notification of their intentions to the administration in Hargeisa. The Somaliland administration has not yet come in terms with the recent bold attack and denigration of its officials by the Garowe administration that are still in their hands despite asking immediate release of the held captives.
As a matter of fact, the UNICEF logistics depots are located in Mombasa and Djibouti and it would be quite easy for UNICEF to set up a relief operation centre in the Regional HQ, Erigavo, to distribute aid to various drought affected village in all Sanaag districts. In this centre, the staff could be delegated from both offices in Hargeisa and Bossaso as a relief operation with additional temporary local staff who hail from supply destinations. Thus, the locals (people and transport) of various districts could equally benefit this operation if UNICEF intention is a conflict free. The logical scenario is to negotiate with the officials of Somaliland administration to allow shipments to came from Bossaso Port but under the management of UNICEF Hargeisa who also may conduct some shipments from Berbera.
It is unfortunate, after 20 years, that all UN and other organizations that operate in Somaliland to concentrate their offices in Hargeisa with all benefits (both employment and projects) going unbalanced to the general public. And that might have resulted some ill-feeling to certain parts of the population. The local staff in the organizations have a role to that inequalities of resources distribution to the Somaliland regions. The front desk local staffs dictate to their senior officers (non-locals) to annual planning of the organizations programme while they make their jobs and other benefits secure and that is one of the reasons that UN organization and others kept locked in Hargeisa. The other side that worth to blame is the successive Somaliland Authorities over the years that had dealt with the organizations with beggar’s attitude and failed to disperse the organizations over the regions accordingly where the security at least permits.
Finally, insecurity or the notion of hostility in their areas of operation is always favorable to all UN and other agencies as funds, per deems and hostile allowance to field and HQ staffs and well as programmes increase and sustain to long period. Therefore, let the Somaliland and Puntland administrations not create to that favorable situation for the UN Somalia Support Centre in Nairobi and their respective field offices. I would rather suggest to sort out peacefully those issues under the humanitarian activities such critical time and kept aside the other geopolitical issues. We are now as Somalilanders helping the needy and starving Southern and how come we could not be able provide a logical solution to the distribution of aid to those areas in Somaliland.
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