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United States Policy on Somaliland

Issue 307
Front Page
Index
Headlines

"The Government of Wales Has Selected Somaliland & Lesotho For its
African Link Development"
Harris Nyatsanza, Welsh NGO Officer

U.S. Debating Shift of Support in Somali Conflict

Targeting Of Human Rights Organizations Network And Threats Against Its Director Mubarik Ibrahim Aar

Somaliland Marks World Disability Awareness Day

Somaliland Expels 24 Journalists

Somaliland Foreign Minister Welcomes US State Department’s Fact-Sheet on Somaliland

Recognise Somaliland, analysts tell US

Shifting Policy or a Face-saving Gimmick

US To Reassess Somalia Policy?

Written answers: UK Parliament

Ethiopia says world disinterest dampening Somalia peace hopes

Ethiopia: Situation improving in Somalia- PM

Somalian President’s Illness Raises Fears on Stability

US Urges Somalia To Broaden Political Representation

Regional Affairs

Somali Pastoralists Say Peace Their Priority

Ethiopia, Sudan inaugurate a highway linking to two countries

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Eritrea: Frazer Refutes Bolton's Remarks On Border Issue

World AIDS Day Marks Day of Both Sadness and Hope, Says Bush

Canada Citizen Files lawsuit against Ethiopian government

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Technology is the Root of All Evil

The Horrific Tale of Sonkorey: the tip of the iceberg on the attrocities committed by Ethiopians in Somalia

"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic

UN: Atrocities Fuel Worsening Crisis in Horn of Africa

USG Visits newly Displaced Somalis from Mogadishu on mission to Afgooye

FACTBOX - Key facts on Somali President Yusuf

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland Private Enterprises Deserve To Become A Role Model For All!

The Forgotten Route

Education in Somaliland

Mohamed Hashi Has The Fame, Rayale Lives In Shame

Kosovo and Somaliland: US Double Standards

My Visit to Hargeisa:

Somalia's crisis made in USA

Puntland Oil and Mineral Development: Benefits and Risks from Socio-economic and Environmental Perspectives

December 5, 2007

United States Policy on Somaliland

  • The United States currently engages the Somaliland administration and has provided assistance, for example to the election effort. Our policy on recognition is to allow the African Union to first deliberate on the question. We do not want to get ahead of the continental organization on an issue of such importance.
  • As indicated in the full quote above, the United States continues to engage with the administration in Somaliland on a range of issues, most directly Somaliland’s continued progress towards democratization and economic development.
  • In FY 2007, the United States provided a total of $1 million through the International Republican Institute to support training for parliamentarians and other key programs in preparations for the upcoming municipal and presidential elections in Somaliland. We expect to provide an additional $1.5 million in continued support for the democratization process in Somaliland following the elections.
  • While we continue to engage with the Somaliland administration, we do believe that the African Union is the most appropriate forum to address the question of recognition of Somaliland as an independent state. We understand that Somaliland is pursuing bilateral dialogue with the African Union and its member-states in this regard.
  • However, as the African Union continues to deliberate on this issue, the United States will continue to engage with all actors throughout Somalia, including Somaliland, to support the return of lasting peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.

Fact Sheet
Bureau for African Affairs
Washington, DC
December 5, 2007


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