Somaliland: State scoffs at Somalia claims over SL territories

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Information minister derides Somalia claims as non-binding and had in essence no fundamental impact whatsoever

By M.A. Egge

HARGEISA-The government yesterday scoffed at the Mogadishu administration that purported to make a inventory of ‘all immovable state properties that includes those of Somaliland’.

The state expressed shock that a country that still has no foot-hold of its own base should profess claim over an independent country that re-asserted is sovereighty almost three decades ago.

While expressing the country’s rebuff to Somalia claims, the minister of Information Culture and National Guidance who also hold the portfolio of government spokesperson derided Somalia claims in a press release circulated yesterday by the Somaliland News Agency.

In a terse statement Hon. Abdirahman Abdillahi Farah alias Guribarwaaqo noted that the claims are non-binding and had in essence no fundamental impact whatsoever as concerns the status quo of Somaliland’s independence.

He observed that, if anything, the non-sensical sentiments expressed by the Mogadishu administration was meant to sooth its own subjects who have never got respite as far as stability is concerned, given that Somaliland had re-asserted her independence more than a quarter of a century ago.

Reminding them that their country was still manned by AMISOM security personnel, the minister expressed shock that they should purport to take stock and inventory of the so called immovable state property that included Somaliland!

He pointed out that the Mogadishu objective for such preposterous claim was to sooth angry Somalis who objected to their administration’s dishing out their oil reserves to foreign multinationals recently; a move that caused on outcry amidst themselves.

He further observed that the allocation to foreigners of the petroleum reserves comes hot on the heels of similar actions to another move on the marine resources.

The minister cautioned Somalia to come to terms with the reality that prevails in the Horn of Africa region and refrain from undermining the Republic of Somaliland which is a democratic sovereign nation that saw five presidents change the buttons through ballot project.

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