Landlocked Ethiopia which is desperate to have access into the sea after losing Assab port of Eritrea in the 1998 Eritrea - Ethiopia war , for the first time touched Somali waters in Dec. 2006 when it invaded Somalia after defeating the Islamic Courts Union (ICU). This has been a historic victory for the government of Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. Meles himself was a refugee in Somalia in the late 1980s and has used Somali Passport during the rule of the late dictator M. Siyad Barre . Ironically Meles paid back to the Somalis by invading their country when he found it weak.
Ethiopia also annexed the Haud and Reserved Area of Somalia in 1954 after signing the annex with the British colonial powers. Kenya in turn took the Northern Frontier District (NFD) . Northern Frontier District (NFD) used to be a part of British East Africa. However, after the dissolution of the former British colonies in East Africa, Britain granted administration of the region to Kenya despite the overwhelming desire of the region's population to join the newly-formed Somali Republic,and the fact that NFD was and still is almost exclusively inhabited by ethnic Somalis.
Djibouti also takes its share of the partition capturing the North Western oilfields of Somaliland. Oyster Oil which is exploring oil in Djibouti is confident, based on its work to date, that a number of potential oil bearing basins were formed with the break-up of Gondwanaland and that these may prove to be commercially attractive targets for exploration and future production in Djibouti. The main basins that have been identified are the Guban Basin and the Red Sea Basin.
Meanwhile the Somalis , particularly those in the South are haggling and fighting each other over who will be president by name and run the capital on behalf of Uganda.
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|Somalia after the partition -Map: Courtney of Somaliaonline|
|Djibouti takes its share of the partition capturing the North Western oilfields of Somaliland (Map provided A. Yassin)|
|38,000 Sq. KM of oil-rich block of Somali waters annexed by Kenya - Map: Courtney of Somaliaonline|
Written by M. Ali ( Medeshi )