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Issue 469 -- 22nd-28th January 2011
Naked Aggression On Somaliland By Somalia Prime Minister
By Dr. Mohamed-Rashid Sheik Hassan
On Wednesday 19 January 2011, Somalia Prime Minister, Mohamed Abdillahi Mohamed (Farmaajo) gave an interview to BBC Somali Service in which he made a naked aggression to Somaliland. The interview was full of distortion and lacked substance and integrity and was a complete misinterpretation of history, because of the following reasons:
1. It shows the prime ministerís complete ignorance of the Somaliland history and its people, and the vision and objectives of the Somaliland government.
2. The prime minister perfectly knows the duration and the term of his government is about to expire very soon and that he will not come back to power.
3. His administration is limited to a few kilometers in the capital, Mogadishu and he has no authority to other parts of Somalia.
4. His government has huge internal problems. Including these problems is the Puntland issue, when Puntland declared that he has no authority and power on them.
5. His governmentís failure to do anything tangible about the painful and distressful situation of Somalia population that he claims as their leader.
To disguise and cover the above-mentioned problems, the prime minister has chosen unwisely to attack Somaliland people and government.
We would like to remind the prime minister of Somalia that Somaliland is a different country from Somalia; and it is not part of Somalia as he perfectly knows.
Since 1991 when Somaliland withdrew from the union with Somalia, Somaliland has been progressing, and now it is closer to be recognized by the international community.
Already Somaliland participates in international conferences, and has representatives in many parts of the world.
The Prime ministerís interview had a serious de-stabilizing posturing, not only for Somaliland but for the whole region, and it was a dangerous attempt to create problems in the region before his departure from office.
Somaliland people led their elected president is united and strongly stand together to defend their country against any outside interference.
We would like to warn adversaries of Somaliland to be careful not to interfere in Somaliland affairs. Our people are peace-loving and want to maintain brotherly relationship with neighboring countries including Somalia, and expect other countries to do the same.