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Somaliland and its path forward

Issue 294
Front Page
Index
Headlines

UK MPs Visit Somaliland

S/land Forces Encroach On Badhan Town

Somaliland Foreign Minister Extends Appreciation To Foreign Investors

Time Interview With Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Somali opposition to discuss anti-Ethiopia military strategy

Jendayi Frazer to visit Ethiopia

Somali opposition leaders unite against Ethiopia

What the World should do in Somalia

Hope on the Horn of Africa: An Interview With Ambassador Stuart Symington

Africa Insight - Why Talk in Hotels Won't Yield Long Term Peace

Mogadishu mayor travels to Yemen, fighting kills 8

Regional Affairs

Ethiopian oppositions request national consensus for the millennium

East Africa: People Traffic Set to Escalate

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Russia arms old and new friends in Asia

France to host summit to discuss security issues in Africa

Kerry McCarthy MP

Two young men dead after community hall party

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Ramadan, Counterculture, And Soul

Refutation of Addis Voice Dictatorial and Barbaric Ethos – Part I

From Sudan To Supermodel Stardom

Somalia Needs Own Army

Taking advantage of the refugee system

US the axis of evil in Iraq

Kenyan scientists save Grevy's zebras from possible extinction

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland and its path forward

Puntland In The Doldrums

Leadership Challenges And Big Missed Of Opposition's Parties

UN vs. NGOs

The Burao Conference: A closer look

Somaliland and its path forward..


By Ahmed Kheyre, London, UK    

As the ship of state that is Somaliland sails smoothly over turbulent waters, there are still several challenges   ahead for our country.

Somalilanders must see to it that nothing hinders the upcoming local and presidential elections. The government of Somaliland must enable all of its citizens to express their elective preferences.   It is also imperative the people of Somaliland   use their votes in a mature and responsible manner.

The international community has a moral obligation to assist Somaliland in conducting these up-coming elections. This assistance must constitute both monetary and logistic support. The onus is on the international community to make sure that Somaliland continues   on its path towards democratic maturity, which will in the fullness of time lead to international recognition.

It goes without saying that Somaliland must remain on its course unhindered or distracted by the countless meetings taking place   across the globe with regard to Somalia. Somalilanders must be self-confident in their ability to determine their own destiny.

We, Somalilanders, have many challenges   to overcome, in terms of economic and social development, employment, poverty and other environmental issues. We can only overcome these challenges if we remain united and focused. Somalilanders must exercise self-examination   and self-accountability, we can't afford to rest on our laurels.

Let us not forget that politics are just for today and tomorrow, but   a nation, a state can last   forever. Somalilanders have   been trying for more than seventeen years to convince the international   community of their intentions, and finally,   it seems the world   has acknowledged the reality of Somaliland.

Somalilanders   understand that world opinion had been focused on   other pressing issues in the region, but we are proud of our   achievements, our struggles, victories and set-backs, and to the world we say,   "What has taken you so long?"


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