Somaliland is a sovereign country that respects the sovereignty of other countries especially as pertains in the intervention in internal affairs.
To this effect the government of Somaliland strongly urges members of the international community with a stake in the Horn of Africa to immediately desist from continued insinuations that the people of this country are involved thus have a part to play in late this year planned elections in Somalia.
This caution was issued during a 59th session of the Council of ministers held via video conference and chaired by president Muse Bihi assisted by his deputy Abdirahman Abdilahi Ismail ‘Sayli’ in Hargeisa
The regular weekly meeting which dwelt in various issues among them the pandemic Covid-19 and ongoing efforts to reconcile warring clans in El-afweine district of Saanag region also set out new guidelines on how development and donor organizations undertake interventions activities in the country.
On the matter of planned Somalia elections the government of Somaliland having stated clearly that it supports all endeavours to not only find lasting peace but attain full democracy in the neighbouring country said that “Let the IC stop insinuating that Somaliland is part and parcel of the planned elections courtesy of some citizens from Somaliland currently based in Mogadishu.
“WE hereby inform n that citizens of our country currently in Mogadishu are there as individuals pursuing livelihoods thus do not in any way represent the Republic of Somaliland” the government stated adding that all matters to this country are aptly handled by elected bodies that act under mandate bestowed by the constitution of Somaliland to handle governance and political matters”
This warning to the international community with a stake in the Horn of Africa and specifically addressed to the European Union and IGAD reiterates a similar statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs in February and on the same subject which in part read
“The Government of the Republic of Somaliland, in light of a recent joint press statement in January 28, 2020, on Somalia’s electoral law by its international partners, would like to caution the international community against any interventions in the region that risk compromising Somaliland’s hard-earned, lawful and legitimate sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence”.