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|The International Community is Betraying Somaliland|
Representatives of the international community to the Mbagathi conference on Somalia, have decided to go ahead with their plans for providing an all-out support for the government expected to emerge from the talks. According to a report filed yesterday by the BBC Somali Service’s correspondent at the conference, the international community has not only pledged rapid financial assistance but also full political support for the new government to be formed at Mbagathi. The IGAD Ministerial Committee on the conference even boasted on Thursday that it endorsed the international community’s draft support plans for the post-Mbagathi period, especially in the areas of stabilization, reconstruction and development. The degree of rush in pledging support for the would-be government of Somalia, has even surprised the warlords assembled at Mbagathi to the extent that every one of them, according to press reports, is already contemplating the best plans for having the largest piece of the cake for himself through either extortion or outright looting. With such type of people in every corner of Somalia, there is no doubt that the aid that the international community intends to pour into that country soon, will only trigger more violence and misery once it gets there.
international community’s hasty decision to fund the new government to be
formed at Mbagathi, has also seriously undermined the prospects for talks
between Somaliland and Somalia being held any time in the future. Opposition
leader Ahmed Silanyo has expressed the frustration and anger felt by the
people of Somaliland when he told his supporters last night that his Kulmiye
party will no longer support the idea of holding talks with Somalia. The new
Kulmiye position is expected to put pressure on President Rayale’s
government to either follow suit or take a tougher stance.
2- Automatically granting recognition to the
government to be formed at the Kenya talks to the exclusion of Somaliland’s