Wednesday, January 13, 2010
SOMALILAND POLITICS IN OUR DOORSTEP: HON. FARAH MAALIM SO CALLED "STATE VISIT" IS BOUND FOR A DEBATE
ITS ACTION HAS BEEN DRIVEN BY the misguided belief that control of a territory by force will somehow beget recognition. The Deputy Speaker’s pronouncement at the end of his visit that the three SSC regions should forgo their membership of Somalia and instead accept Somaliland’s tutelage is a denial of the rights of the SSC people who oppose the secession. Aiding and abetting the break-up of Somalia is like playing with fire, and it is not difficult to contemplate its consequences. For one thing, it could stoke up the conflict between the secessionists and the rest of unionist Somalia. That would give rise to new outflow of refugees and Kenya, already hosting nearly half a million Somali refugees, will be their preferred destination.
The Author, Mr Hassan is a former UN employee, and currently a consultant on development issues. (email@example.com)