- Despite 30 years of political, economic and military oppression that climaxed with the genocide in 1988 and all the unrelenting antagonism blistering from Somalia, the people from Somaliland are not bitter and are looking forward to collaborate and live side by side peacefully with Somalia as separate sisterly countries. Not only that, Somaliland can play a major role in finding a lasting panacea for Somalia’s chronic plight.
A healthy Somaliland-Somalia relationship will only be possible if Somalia officially admits and apologizes for the crimes committed against Somalilanders. In addition to that, Somalia must unconditionally recognize the sovereignty of Somaliland. These few noble gestures will safe Somalia from self annihilation and the general feeling of international community’s dissatisfaction that culminated in Somalia’s anarchy will be brought to an end. This is the only way forward and there are no other alternatives.
Putting aside Somaliland’s historical grievances, Somalilanders are really concerned and worried about the future of Somalia and its people. The people of Somalia are losing their sovereignty and everything else they hold dear including their dignity. This is not acceptable to me or to any other Somali with a drop of self respect in his/her blood. Therefore, the situation in Somalia must get the attention that it humanly deserves from some one else but from its own sons and daughters.
The Somalia people must pause for a minute and resume using their brains; they must stop blaming their self inflicted mortifying wounds on others and begin to find smart methodology for resolving their own problems without external help. They must realize that the international community is not going to breast-feed them, but will take advantage of their weaknesses. It is very naive not to take into consideration that international relations are solely based on interests. Just have a look at the agenda of the up coming London conference on Somalia.
This must be a wake-up call for all Somalia people and encourage them to come together and clear the chaos in their own home.
Recognizing the Sovereignty of Somaliland and getting it off the way, will help the people of Somalia to concentrate in resolving their problems. There is no time left for Somalia to shamefully waste in destroying what Somaliland has achieved through wisdom and hard work.
It is obvious that the international community is ready to recognize Somaliland with or without Somalia’s consent; therefore, Sheikh Sharif and his squad must surprise the world and have the bravery to announce the recognition of Somaliland’s sovereignty, before someone else does. At that moment history will take note of what takes place in the London conference. It is the choice of Somalia’s current leadership to sign their names on either the bright side or the dark side of world history.
Somaliland will not negotiate on its sovereignty, but will be more than willing to help its sister country to achieve peace and prosperity. There is a lot to be gained through friendship between Somaliland and Somalia and to accomplish this, its prerequisite on Somalia’s leaders to make history in London on February 23, 2012.
It is about time for all Somalis to show their greatness and forgiveness towards one another, in order to salvage what remains of Somalia from terrorists and international scavengers.Rest assured, there will always be free border crossings for people and goods and all the other strategic alliances will be enhanced between the two sisterly countries. One day I wish to see Somaliland and Somalia as strategic friends and no longer deadly foes.
To all the Diaspora Somalis, let us forget the hypocritical and empty “United Somalia” slogan for a moment and support the two state solution. Let us work hard to bring peace and prosperity for Somalia, Somaliland and to the entire Horn of Africa region. Let us show this in our up coming political rallies around the world on February 22nd and February 23rd, 2012. Long live Somaliland! Long live Somalia!
Yusuf Dirir Ali,MD