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Challenge In The Red Sea

ISSUE 270
Front Page
Index
Headlines

"We Will Be Treating Somaliland As A Self Governing Region," Swedish
Ambassador, Jen Olander

Human Rights Umbrella Concerned about Government's Human Rights Violations

Awdal Women Raise Funds For First Fistula Hospital In Somaliland, 2nd In Africa

Plane Aiding AU Peacekeepers Shot Down in Somalia

Somali Government Shuts Down Al-Jazeera Bureau

External Intervention Won't Help - EU

Eritrea Insists On UPDF Pullout

Somalia Tops Minority Report Danger List

Awdal Convention In North America To Be Held In June 2007

Mission Report on the Trial Observation of Detained Human Rights Defenders
in Somaliland

Regional Affairs

Horn Of Africa Fishermen Hope To Net Lucrative Western Markets

Rights Groups Accuse Kenya of Secret Deportations

Editorial
Special Report

International News

U.S.-led Terror War Victimizes World's Minorities

Kuwait bans import of live sheep from Somalia

Ban Ki-Moon Urges Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Somalia

Horn of Africa much safer now: Premier

Remarks by Vice President Cheney to the Republican Jewish Coalition Leadership

China defends Darfur stance after French politician’s remarks

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Eritrea Creates A Second Somalia Government In Eritrea

After 4 Years Of War, Congress Should Cut The Funds

Somalia/ Somaliland: Territory, State And Nation

The World Of Modern Child Slavery

Uganda Commander in Somalia Urges Speedy Deployment of More Troops

Food for thought

Opinions

Rayale’s Impeachment Is Inevitable

Mr. President, Back Off From Your Self-Defeating Mission: And Reform Your Leadership and Administration

Challenge In The Red Sea

Ungovernable Somalia and the imminent collision of hegemonic interests

My Response To The Gov. Response To Petition 'Somaliland'

Obstacles to peace in somalia- unchallencgeable certainties

A Reply to Cabdale Faarah Sigad's Report on the detained Haatuf Journalists

Petition For Impeachment Of Dahir Rayale Kahin


By
Ali Mohamed Nour

So long as the Republic of Somaliland withdrew from the rest of Somalia and remained a peaceful and stable democratic State, it is shameful and regretful for the International Community to neglect the wishes of the people of Somaliland for self-determination and also expect to join willingly with their brothers in the south to reform a “Greater Somalia”.

Definitely, political analyst can’t over look that the Union can be only endorsed by the will of the two populations as in the case of former two Yemenis and Germanys. It is clear that Somalilanders were the founders of the Union into which they had voluntarily entered as an independent and sovereign State on July 1, 1960, with the former Italian Somaliland.

Today it is vise-verse, as they are willingly neither for federalism nor reunion. They also like to see a peaceful, stable, Somalia in order to act as a two brotherly States living side by side in a peaceful way. Then why the International Community neglects the people of Somaliland for Self-determination? Is it fair to do that? Does it deserve the International Bill of Rights?

I don’t think so. Article one of the International Bill of Rights refers to the right to self-determination, as does the UN Charter in Article 1and 55. Interestingly enough, Somaliland’s Self-determination is more conductive to regional peace and stability as Somaliland has strong capability of solving longstanding regional disputes with Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti due to its acceptance of the colonial boundaries.

toosane@lycos.com


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