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“We will get to the bottom of what Puntland is so scared of,” the honorable Vice Minister stated.
Vice Minister Ali Elmi confirmed that the Republic of Somaliland requested the UN Monitoring Committee on Somaliland and Eritrea to come and investigate the arms shipment itself, and that no further steps will be taken until the Committee arrives and makes an inventory of the shipment. The Committee will also inspect and investigate the provenance and authenticity of documents that the ship produced in relation to the weapons discovered in its holds.
The Vice Minister’s statement followed an accusation that Hassan Osman Allore, the Puntland ‘Minister’ directed against the Republic of Somaliland, illogically arriving at a conclusion that the weapons discovered will lead to an escalation of hostilities between the two “administrations”.
Mr. Allore’s words are seen here as an unashamed aggression of the Federal Republic of Somalia against the sovereignty and integrity of Somaliland and its public as Puntland is part of the FRS umbrella, and hoists the Federal flag.
Somaliland recognizes no distinction that separates Puntland’s words from that of Mogadishu.
Underlining that, the Somaliland Vice Minister for national Security put the responsibility for any consequences of Puntland’s rash accusation squarely on the initiator.
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