Somaliland leaders used the anniversary occasion to push and raise their profile in the international geo-politics where they have shown their strident critic regarding the ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts to include the semi-autonomous region into larger Somalia.
"I respond to president Shariff following his comments during the anniversary in Mogadishu that unity between Hargeisa and Mogadishu is not an issue of force. We are not ready to bargain about our independence” Somaliland’s foreign minister Abdullahi Mohamed Omar told the BBC Somali service
The comments by the minister followed what the president of Transitional Federal Government of Somalia said on Sunday in Mogadishu that the South is ready apologize to the North about the historic injustices while calling for a fresh unity for Somalia.
The self declared republic believes that initially it was there decision to merge with the South, but following endless problems in the country, it is yet another decision from Somalilanders to remain independent from the rest of the country.
Somaliland appealed to African nations to grant the semi-autonomous region recognition as a sovereign state in the continent.
“We need more support from African states. We need recognition, cooperation and assistance from African states” the minister said
June 26th is also a day earmarked as the International Somaliland Awareness Day (ISAD) as the region seeks international recognition, bold campaigns are waging across the African continent.
Somaliland, a former British colony, declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991, following the civil strife that followed more than twenty years of military rule. No sovereign state has formally recognized the area as independent.