The Foreign Secretary has been bimbling around the Horn of Africa, mainly to turn up at the jamboree that was the Independence day celebrations of Southern Sudan. He also says here that he met the President of Somaliland, Ahmed Mohammed Mohamoud. As he says it is one of the "Islands of stability and order" in the area. So why on earth is he celebrating the Independence of Southern Sudan, which does not fulfil;l; the criteria set by the African Union for sovereign state status (the pre colonial borders) and failing to do so for Somaliland? Britain should take the lead, if we accept, as we do the remarkable and peaceful existence of Somaliland over the past 20 years, why on earth do we not go the extra mile to support their accession to the Commonwealth. After all as a former British protectorate they have more right to be there than Mozambique or Rwanda?
Below you can watch what the Foreign secratery said about his trip to the Horn of Africa.