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Will IGAD Listen To Somaliland?
ISSUE 127
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Index

Headlines

- Traditional Leaders Urge IGAD To Respect Somalilandís Borders
- Tip Off By Foreign Intelligence Said To Have Led To Arrest Of Terrorist
- Terrorists Talk To The Press

- Somaliland Opposition Parties Say Somaliland, Somalia are Separate States

Health

- Kenyan Men Reject 'Mutilated' Women

- Man 'Recklessly' Gave Women HIV

International News

-- New City 'Needs Diverse Voices'

- Terror References Stay In Indictment

- Central Bank Registers All Somali Remittance Agents
- Failing Somalia At Our Peril

- Hard Line On Somali Asylum Pleas To Go On: Home Office Unmoved By UN Advice On Forced Returns

- Agents Reject Tax Proposal

- Marine Reservists Activated For Djibouti And Iraq
 

Peace Talks

- Britain's Straw Hails Kenya Over Sudan Truce

- Somalia: Arbitration Committee For Proposed Parliament Formed

People

- Did Ashcroft "Behead" An Innocent Man In An Ohio Election-Terror Scam?

Editorial & Opinions

- Will IGAD Listen To Somaliland?

- The Sovereignty Of Somaliland And Its Role In The Conflict Resolution Of The Region

- Educational Programme

- Rayale: The Right Choice

- The End Game Of Somaliaís Unruly War Lords

- The Real Madrid Somali Boys: A Story On Football 4 Peace


EDITORIAL

In an unusual move, Somalilandís top traditional leaders got together on Friday to send a message to IGAD and the international community in which they expressed their serious concerns over the implications that any attempts to ignore the right of the Somaliland people and government to exercise sovereignty over their boundaries will have for stability, not only in this country, but in the region as a whole. Somalilanders have never been divided on the issue of independence. But it has been rare for Somaliland traditional leaders to address an issue from a common platform unless the stakes were too high to be ignored. And nothing is of higher stake to Somalilanders than the preservation of their sovereignty. That is why Somaliland's traditional elders sent their unequivocal message to IGAD leaders and the international community.

Somaliland's traditional leaders know that the prevailing peace and security in Somaliland cannot be sustained without the country's sovereignty and independence. They also know that reunification with Somalia means return to chaos, dictatorship and genocide.

Despite the increasingly provocative turn that the Kenya-hosted peace conference on Somalia has been taking towards Somaliland over the last 10 months, Somaliland's leaders have, so far, exercised a great deal of restraint, lest they be blamed for undermining the already shaky talks.

If IGAD really wants to bring peace to Somalia, then they should focus their efforts on where the trouble is, which is the former Italian Somalia. Somaliland has been peaceful for over a decade, therefore any attempt by IGAD to include fake delegates who claim to represent Somaliland, or making statements that the government cobbled together in Mbagathi will have sovereignty over Somaliland would only mean that instead of creating peace in Somalia, IGAD wants to ignite war between Somaliland and Somalia.

IGAD is not the only entity that needs to stick to its writ. The warlords of Italian Somalia, too, should for once focus on finding a solution to their country's deadly conflicts instead of using Somaliland as a diversion. Somalia's warlords, IGAD, and the international community should by now have learned one of the main lessons from the previous 14 failed Somalia peace conferences. The lesson is this: once a future government for Somalia claims to have jurisdiction over Somaliland, that government is doomed to failure.
 

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