Somaliland is increasing her pressure on the international community to give her recognition for self-determination.
President Muse Bihi in his virtual speech to the nation during the 29th anniversary since the separation with Somalia said that not even the coronavirus could prevent Somalilanders in different countries from celebrating the country’s “independence”.
Bihi said Somaliland is ready to take its case to the international court if the dialogue will not achieve the desired result.
Somaliland, a former British protectorate, joined Somalia on July 1, 1960, five days after gaining British independence on June 26.
But on May 19, 1991, Somaliland was dismissed from the Union after the start of the civil war and declared its independence from Somalia.
This independence is not recognized by the international community which continues to refer to Somaliland as a region of Somalia.
A constitutional referendum was held in Somaliland on May 31, 2001, confirming the country’s independence from Somalia as a separate state has done little to convince the international community to work with it as a state.
And on Monday, President Bihi said Somaliland will now take a different approach in its quest for self-determination about dialogue with its former partner flops.
“The only agenda that can bring Somaliland and Somalia to a negotiating table is one based on two countries that share mutual interests and good neighborly relations,” Bihi said.
“Somalia and everyone else who wants to convey between us both should accept the indestructible, indisputable reality of a sovereign Somaliland talking to a sovereign Somalia on issues that promote fraternal relations, our people and the region,” he added.
“I repeat with a loud voice that unless Somalia accepts the reality of two independent nations that speak on equal terms, a dialogue between the two should be forgotten,” he repeated.
“We will present our case to an international court if Somalia continues to insist on a Somaliland it rules.”
The international community has made some efforts to bring Somaliland President Muse Bihi and Somali leader Abdullahi Farmajo to a dialogue table.
The latest attempt was by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Mohammed, who managed to get the two leaders to shake hands during a meeting in Ethiopia but nothing concrete came out of the brief meeting.
President Bihi further asked the international community to channel support for Somaliland directly to Hargeisa.
“This is not the first time we are celebrating our independence in a period of challenges, but our people’s determination and solidarity will not only see us overcome the great test of Covid-19 but also gain international recognition,” Bihi said.
By: Odindo Ayieko articles.