The case of Somaliland is actually maintaining the colonial boundaries. It’s not in contradiction to the African Union charter. We have been talking to African states, European states, we’ve been talking to the Americans. We are actively lobbying for political recognition, as well as economic development and investment .... We have every possible sign now that the attitude of the international community is changing in favour of Somaliland’s recognition. The question now is who will go first. We are actively encouraging African states to go first and to recognise us.
- No, Said:
Mr Abdallah Haji Ali, Former member of parliament, Somalia's Transitional Federal Government
The hypothesis of Somaliland realising its separation and independence is really far-fetched. I believe that every community that strives for independence should be given it, provided that they go through the real international legal procedures and processes. You cannot secede from nowhere. In Somalia, including Somaliland, we don’t have an effective central government that can take the responsibilities of negotiating with Somaliland through that process.
Somaliland and Somalia have been suffering for the past 20 years from the lack of a credible leadership. The most decisive factor that can actually bring us independence is by actually negotiating with our compatriots in Somalia. It is very misleading to the people that they’re going to Kenya, to the United States or South Africa and asking them for recognition. In South Sudan, you have a very distinct different people: different languages, religions, cultures, looks and features. Somalis all share the same ones.
The Somaliland claim for colonial territorial boundaries has long been compromised by the Sudan case: in South Sudan they didn’t have any colonial territorial boundaries. Somaliland voluntarily forfeited those boundaries more than 50 years ago by opting for unity. For 20 years, Somaliland hasn’t incorporated the communities in the eastern part of Somaliland. Clans in the eastern part of Somaliland will not concur with the idea of separation.
Source: The African report