After more than 20 years, who do we blame for the lack of diplomatic recognition and how do we go around this never ending “somali-wayn” quagmire to attain our goal?To be blunt and humble at the sametime, I think we can only blame ourselves, to certain degree, and of course our past and current governments! Well, some will argue that Kossovo, South-Sudan, South-Ossetia, Abkhazia...all had powerful political friends such as (respectively), the West and Russia.
Even thought,legally speaking, we, somalilanders have a stronger case because we existed asan independent nation already (which means our cause is not in conflict withthat “sacred AU and UN territorial indivisibility act). But yet, we seem to behaving hard time convincing the world to our, well justified, cause and win some friends. Yes, as she said, that famous singer, “Gadhba gadhbaa latusaayeh, gacalkeen miyuu lumay...” Gacalkeen or our supposed friends are,unfortunately the anti-democratic-arab-muslim brothers who sadly ganged up onour beloved democratic Somaliland...Why?.
Because we are simply the example and the embodiment of Hope and Progress, in all thesens of the words, unlike them. But still...why couldn’t or can’t we win the heart and mind of the “free world” or those of Kossovo, South-Sudan, Eritrea,South-Ossetia, Abkhazia... at least? Well, this is leading me back to one of myabove questions: Who to blame for this stalemate?
First of all, we, somalilanders, exceptcelebrating and partying on May 18th, don’t advocate or express ourselves as vehemently, (peacefully of course) as we should in front of the world. Weare everywhere on this planet, yet we are too invisible to be taken soseriously by the international community. Just look at how palestinians are exhibiting their cause to the highest political level , the UN, without mentioning their clever use of the international media.
A huge-gigantic palestinian flag is hoisted in front of the EU office in Brussels as a reminder of the palestinian rights to self-determination. Did we forget how, tirelessly, the former Yugoslavia republics citizens were present day and night in the streets of thebiggest world capitals? In other words, they were LOBBYING hard for their causes.
But even if we, the ordinary somalilanders, failed or not willing to organize ourselves to that level, WHERE was or is our government? Do we or does our government understand what is nationhood? At this crucial juncture of our unfinished democratic and peaceful struggle, our politicians have the moral responsibility to lead, support, assist and encourage us in organizing us, the citizens, no matter where we are in this world (more importantly in the west).
What other noble cause than this would they (the government) assist us with if they remain passsive all the time? How much money would the organization of apeaceful rally (in front of the world) cost our government, at least twice ayear, in front of the UN and EU headquarters or even at Westminister? Certainly not even a fraction of the kind of money our politicians spend wastefully on them selves. We’re all aware of that by the way. But my point is that our governments were (in the past) and is passive, inert...
We need an efficient, active, competent and operational LOBBY group set up and funded by the government of Somaliland in order to get the international community atttention and acceptance. It’s been more than 20 years brothers and sisters. If peace and democracy prevail in Somaliland today, it’s thanks to the ordinary somalilanders who worked hard for that. It’snot politicians who brought that to us. We know what their primary interest ismost of the time. So, each and everyone of us should wake this government upand tell them to get their acts together.. 20 years on and still...
Some, will say, we are lacking a mutual agreementof separation with the somali-wayn so-called government in order to be accepted. But, did Kossovo, Bosnia, Croatia,Slovenia, Macedonia have agreement with Serbia or with the former Yugoslaviabefore leaving the federation? NO! Nevertheless they got what they wanted witha big smile from their western friends.
Speaking of political friends, I thinkwe have to remind ourselves and our so called arab-muslim brothers that we have the same rights as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco,Bahrain, Turkey to have a diplomatic relation with Israel. It’snot a secret, they all have relations with Israel and that‘s fine.
Why it’s OK for them to deal with Israelbut NOT OK for us? Are we mentally and psychologically possessed, controlled and brainwashed by the fake and so called arab-muslim brothers? Are we thatsubservient to them? It smells like that, to certain extent. So we should start talking with the first nation who recognised Somaliland in 1960, Israel, to getout of the arab-muslim-somali-wayn entrapment.
Did I hear that Israel approched us not longtime ago? I think so! Why didn’t our governments follow upthat lead? Oh! By the way and for the record, the former Foreign affairs minister of Somaliland, Mr.Abdillahi Mohamed Duale (during Riyaleh government), is an adviser tothe president of South-Sudan.
One could say that we are lucky to have one of usat such key position but, again, we can’t get any attention from Mr.Salva KIRR(south-sudanese presidennt). Mmmmm...are our politicians dragging their feetand delaying this elusive recognition purposely, for reasons we don’tunderstand? Perhaps!
Finally and concretely, we should hold accountableour government(s) (past and present) for this diplomatic failure andstagnation. We should pressure our government to set up andfund a real international and effective LOBBY group. Our government should engage and approch any state willing to assist us in our cause, starting with ISRAEL and with the newlyindependent nations in order to break this 20 years old vicious circle.
And of course, we the ordinary somalilanders,should not only get together on the 18th of May but also, come out massively to promote our self-determination rights in the streets and wherever we are in this world. If we don’t help ourselves, nobodyis gonna help us.
Long live Somaliland!
By Hassan H.