President Siilaanyo reportedly had told British officials including Prime Minister David Cameron that the planned conference did not concern Somaliland.“We met British officials in Ethiopia [during the African Union summit in January] and told them Somaliland was a separate entity from Somalia,” said President Siilaanyo.
“Although British Prime Minister David Cameron wanted otherwise, we repeated our preference not to participate in the conference,” he added.
Despite the rejection of the invitation by Britain, Somaliland officials have been holding talks with representatives from the Federal Government of Somalia.
The last such meeting took place on April 13 at the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Ankara where Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and Somaliland leader Siilaanyo reached what was described as a “common understanding”.
According to the final communiqué, the two Somali sides agreed on the need to consolidate cooperation in the security sector through sharing intelligence.
Related agreements included sharing training in the security sector so as to become more effective in the fight against terrorism, piracy, illegal fishing, dumping of toxic waste and other serious crimes.
The first conference on Somalia took place in London in February 2012, in which the Somaliland leader participated.