Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud
(The President of Somaliland)
29 January 2012
Dear Mr. President,
We fully appreciate and applaud your wise decision to give your people the opportunity to have a say on formulating a sound reaction to the invitation of the UK Government to take part the upcoming London Conference on Somalia. Your Excellency, your move obviously underscores the significance of such response – and highlights the serious of repercussion it is likely to have on our fate as country and people.
We, the Somaliland Diaspora in India welcome every effort that the International Community is trying to find ways and means to put an end of the pandemonium and chaos prevailing in the neighbouring Somalia for two decades. It is a noble act and goodwill gesture on the part of the UK Government to help Somalia to emerge from the abyss of diametrical failure and stand on its own feet like Somaliland, which is a beacon of peace and stability.
As we know your Excellency, the Conference which will discuss topics such as terrorism, piracy, peace and stability are not relevant to the Republic of Somaliland and the whole world is diametrically aware of that our country is known to its genuine peace and stability in its two decades of existence. Mr President what worries we, the Somaliland community most, is that that Republic of Somaliland has not been given any especial status at this conference that would completely separate it from the multitude of Somalia’s self-appointed mini-regional authorities the likes of Puntland and Galmudug.
Your Excellency, The Republic of Somaliland has not been promised or given assurance that the newly improvised so called Awdal State and Khaatumo destabilising groups will not be allowed to participate in the conference, and that this will tarnish the image of Somaliland as a separate state from the chaotic Somalia in the very eyes of the international community.
We fully acknowledge and trust you will agree that the Republic of Somaliland can play an instrument in restoring peace and stability to the Horn of Africa, in the fight against piracy and terrorism, and it can be a strategic partner in curbing the unpredictable political situation unfolding in the Gulf of Aden. It can play a constructive role in the wider region because it has established effective and working institutions despite being surrounded by extremely violence, terrorism and piracy. However, the republic of Somaliland will fulfill its role, and only if, its aspiration to join the list of free nations is fully endorsed.
Your Excellency, we staunchly urge you and your government not to participate the London Conference by sharing dais with the self – appointed leaders of the mini regions of Somalia. We fully support and welcome the decision that it will not be taking part in the Conference .Any change due to pressure from the International Community will be considered as a dangerous move and a historical mistake.
Mukhtar Mohamed Abby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Somaliland Students Association of India