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Conditional Recognition Sought For Somaliland By EU Party

Issue 306
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Million Development & Reconstruction Package For Somaliland

Conditional Recognition Sought For Somaliland By EU Party

Fifty Puntland Security Defense Forces Defect To Somaliland

Somaliland’s House Of Elders Questions The Legality Of Election (Amendment) Bill 2007

Somaliland President Meets Delegation From The World Bank, UN, EU, France And Italy

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Discovering The Mind Of Somali Dictator Through His Own Words

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U.S-Instigated War Brings Mass Death to Somalia

ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: The Issue is Occupation

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Egypt Sharpens Its Domination Talon Towards Somalia

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When The Fundamental Structures Of Good Governance Is Not In Place, What Value Will DRP Projects Have?

The Academic Life Of The Emerging Somaliland Universities

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Why Do Political Leaders Shamelessly Ignore Realties?

Our Own Mandela, Still In Mandera

Puntland Oil and Mineral Development: Benefits and Risks from Socio-economic and Environmental Perspectives


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Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck MEP, President of ELDR

London, December 1, 2007 (SL Times) – One of the main three parties in the European Union Parliament (ELDR) introduces a conditional resolution which calls upon the EU and all its member states to give diplomatic recognition to the Republic of Somaliland. Prominent among the conditions raised was the release of the Qaran leadership from jail.

Whether the president will heed this additional call to do the right thing and work toward bringing about the long sought recognition a step closer remains to be seen.

Here are two letters from the president of the European Liberal Democratic Reform Party Annemie Neyts-Uttebroeck addressed respectively to President Rayale and Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union Javier Solana.

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HE. Dahir Rayale Kahin
The President of the Republic of Somaliland
Hargeysa, Somaliland

Brussels, 27 November 2007

Dear Mr. President,

The Congress of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) adopted a resolution that calls upon the European Union and all of its Member States to give diplomatic recognition to the Republic of Somaliland and actively encourages the African Union to accept that Somaliland is not a secessionist state but rather a democratic entity that has abrogated a union with a failed State.

However, our call is conditioned by the existence of a government that respects human rights, a free market, and democracy, with a free press and the possibility of democratic changes of government.

In a region of the world where these qualities are in short supply, your country is a beacon of democracy. Therefore ELDR was alarmed to read of the arrests of Dr Mohamed Abdi Gabose, Engineer Mohamed Hashi and Mr. Jamal Aideed on July 28. These three gentlemen were architects of Somaliland’s freedom, and are surely entitled to exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of expression and of association, and the right to take part in the government of their country, which are found in Articles 19-21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Whilst the constitution of Somaliland provides that there shall be only three political parties, there is no law that I am aware of which says that the current three parties will always be the three accepted under the constitution. The constitution like all others also guarantees the right of association and the persons who have been arrested are arguing that they are simply exercising their rights to form a political association and to be given a chance to compete freely to become one of the three political parties allowed under the constitution.

May I respectfully urge you to release the three gentlemen, and to convene a representative assembly to determine how to secure maximum popular participation at the forthcoming elections, by a process that would determine which three parties have the greatest support and whose candidates’ names should therefore appear on the ballot papers? I need hardly emphasize the damage to the cause of Somaliland’s recognition that will result from failure to resolve this problem by discussion and agreement, rather than arbitrary detentions.

In the longer term, Somaliland may wish to consider whether it is necessary to place any constitutional limit on the number of parties. In many democratic countries the citizens tend to elect just a few parties, though others may put up candidates without harming the democratic process.

Yours sincerely,

Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck MEP,
President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party

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Letter to Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union Javier Solana.

Brussels , 27 November 2007

Javier Solana
High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy,
Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union
Rue de Ia Loi, 175

Dear High Representative,

The European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) is very concerned about the situation in Somaliland. Our Party Congress adopted a resolution on this issue which calls upon the European Union and all of its Member States to give diplomatic recognition to the Republic of Somaliland and actively encourages the African Union to accept that Somaliland is not a secessionist state but rather a democratic entity that has abrogated a union with a failed State.

However, our call is conditioned by the existence of a government that respects human rights, a free market, and democracy, with a free press and the possibility of democratic changes of government.

Somaliland ’s current political system and its leadership are failing to meet the minimum standards expected of a free and democratic State. Neither does the Somaliland government respect international and human rights laws such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Last summer the Somaliland government arrested Mohamed Abdi “Gabose”, Mohamed Hashi Elmi and Jamal Aide 3d, three leaders of an emergent opposition party, in the Somaliland capital of Hargeysa on 28 July. They are respectively the chairperson, the vice-chairperson and the second vice- chairperson of the Qaran party (‘The Nation”), which is currently not legally registered but has begun informal political activities in advance of the local elections expected to be held in December 2007. Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of these three men.

Ever since Somaliland broke away, following the downfall of Siyad Barre, friends of the new proto-state have pointed to the contrast between Somaliland’s maintenance of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and the anarchy which has prevailed in Somalia. They have tried to help Somaliland towards recognition as an independent state, and I believe this should still be the goal. The obstruction of citizens who want to present a new political agenda by the use of doubtful law is bound to undermine the project, and I request you to express concern on behalf of the European Union at the use of detention without charge, denial of access to legal advice, and the proposal to try the detainees in camera in a special court inside the prison.

These unlawful processes have already set the cause of Somaliland’s recognition back, and if continued, must inevitably halt progress for the time being. It would be helpful if you were able to underline these points in a message to the authorities in Hargeisa.

Yours sincerely,

Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck MEP
President of the ELDR Party

Source: Somaliland Times

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