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Somaliland Warns Of Regional War
Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 14, 2007 – Officials in the republic of Somaliland Sunday have warned the possibility of regional war with Somalia if the Transitional Federal Government in Mogadishu does not stop interfering Somaliland affairs.
The three main political parties in Somaliland, UDUB, KULMIYE and UCID have held a joint press conference in Hargeisa, the capital of the self-declared republic, condemning what they called ‘the provocation words’ from the government of President Abdillahi Yusuf.
The political parties said the TFG’s claim to Somaliland could bring new war in horn of Africa urging the world to stop the ambition of Somalia government to extend their power through the region.
“ Somaliland has the right to defend its sovereignty and territory,” said in the statement.
All the three parties declared constant wide national demonstrations against the policy of what they called ‘the southern government of Somalia’ that will be held this week.
Faisal Ali Warabe, the chairman of UCID political party, said the reason they had held the press conference was to prevent ‘the imminent threat from Somalia government’ that it wants to extend its power into Somaliland and encourage the people in Somaliland to protest of the aggression aimed to occupy their land.
“We are making it clear that Somaliland is stable state and needs nothing from the rest of Somalia as you know Somaliland won to enjoy peace and security for the last 14 years and now we can not allow our stability to be spoiled by Somalia,” said Ali Warabe.
The officials said they are arranging mass protests in all main cities in Somaliland to show that Somaliland people are ready to defend their land of any outside enemy.
The rallies will be held on Tuesday as people were urged to turn out to the streets in protest of TFG’s policy towards Somaliland and show the warlord.
Earlier, the senior officials of the transitional government said that it is important to seek the unity of Somalia, which angered the Somaliland officials.
Somaliland is an unrecognized de facto sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.
On May 18, 1991, the people of Somaliland declared independence from Somalia.