Somaliland, July 25, 2009 (SL Times) – Somaliland Forum, a Somaliland
advocacy organization held a meeting in Hargeysa’s Mansoor hotel this
week. The object of the meeting was to identify the obstacles that have
stood in the way of Somaliland’s recognition for the last 18 years and
to formulate ways in which to overcome those obstacles.
Among those who addressed the meeting was Somaliland’s Speaker of
Parliament, Mr Abdirahman Muhammad Abdillahi (Irro) said Somaliland has
met all the conditions for gaining diplomatic recognition and the
international community can attest to the fact that Somaliland has
established through its own efforts a system of government that is rare
in Africa, therefore, Somaliland should be recognized. He also added
that Somaliland’s parliament has established links with their
counterparts in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Britain, and some of these
parliamentarians were invited to Somaliland Recognition Conference.
Dr Hussein Bulhan, the President of Hargeysa University spoke about the
connection between recognition and education.
Dr Sad spoke about recognition and economics. Ali Dool suggested that
Somalilanders should take their case to the World Court in the Hague.
The Chairman of Somaliland Forum, Eng. Abdillahi Dahir also addressed
Somaliland Forum is organizing a larger conference on Somaliland
recognition in October and this meeting is paving the way for that