Thursday, April 19, 2012
Somaliland boycotts proposed talks with Somalia
Somaliland has earlier appointed 5 ministers led by the foreign ministers to represent Somaliland on the proposed talks between the two countries on their future relations .
Somalia has in- turn appointed earlier this month , 7 members led by the minister of interior affairs of the TFG which included 5 ministers from Somalia TFG and 2 ministers from Puntland state.
Commenting on whether Somaliland will hold talks with Somalia regions , the minister said that “ Somaliland respects Somalia regional states and is ready to hold talks with these regions including Puntland and Galmudug , but the meeting in question here is about Somalia TFG and Somaliland" .
The minister called upon the Somali president to review his decision and to remove any obstacles against the proposed talks on the future relations of the two countries .
Back ground :
Since 1991, no central government has controlled Somalia , despite several attempts to establish a unified central government. The self-governing region of Puntland covers the northeast of the country. It declares itself to be autonomous, but not independent from Somalia. The Islamist Al-Shabaab controls a large part of the south of the country. Without a central government, Somalia's inhabitants subsequently reverted to local forms of conflict resolution, either civil, Islamic, or customary law. The internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government controls only parts of the capital and some territory in the centre of the nation, but has re-established national institutions such as the Military of Somalia, and is working towards eventual national elections in August , 2012, when the interim government's mandate expires.
After the collapse of the central government in Somalia in 1991, Somaliland ( Former British Protectorate ) , led by the Somali National Movement (SNM), declared independence from the rest of Somalia on May 18 , 1991.