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Gordon Brown sets a good example for US/Somaliland relations

Issue 312
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Somaliland Claims Victory In Latest Sool Clash With Puntland

President Rayale in Washington

MP Alun Michael Pop's The Question In 'Prime Minster's Question Time'

Tribute To Legendary Singer Muhamad Yusuf Abdi 1940-2008

Kenya Opposition Calls 3 Days Of Protest

The New Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007

Somalia's Former PM To Run For President In 2009

The ERA Of Injustice, Corruption And Mismanagement In Somaliland Must Come To An End

Question about UNDP funding the police force of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government

''Somalia's New Reality: A Strategic Overview''

Regional Affairs

Kenya's Neighbors Start To Feel The Heat

Djibouti – Key U.S. Ally On The Up And Up

Editorial
Special Report

International News

EU pursuing new trade deals with Africa

Hail Caesar?

Asylum seeker figures soar

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Condescension and ignorance are no help to Kenya

One step back, one step forward

Eyes Tight Shut

Borama Municipality confirmed the construction of 2km highway in side the town

Kenya failure bruises African Union ambitions

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland’s Democracy: Is The Major Issue In Doubt Now?

Peace Appeal: Uniting Against The Violence In Kenya

Thank You: Letter From The Leadership Of Qaran

Studying In Uganda: “Live To Learn, You Will Learn How To Live”

Why Are You Seceding… Brother?‏

KAMPALA: EHAHRD-Net APPALLED BY VIOLENCE IN KENYA-HRDs MUST BE PROTECTED

Somaliland elders never tire and retire


EDITORIAL

Early this week, a member of the British parliament, Alun Michael, asked Prime Minister Gordon Brown a question about Somaliland. The way the Prime Minister tackled the question indicated that the prime minister was well briefed and knowledgeable about Somaliland (for a transcript of the exchange between Alun Michael and the prime minister

[click http://www.kerrymccarthymp.org/news.aspx?i_PageID=109296]

If we break the prime minister’s reply into its components, the following points stand out:

- The prime minister referred to Somaliland as a country.

- The prime minister agreed with Alun Michael’s suggestion that Somaliland deserves respect from the international community.

- The prime minister was aware of the presence of President Rayale in the British parliament.

- The prime minister welcomed the president of Somaliland and his delegation to the United Kingdom.

- The prime minister included Somaliland in the list of countries with which the United Kingdom is associated.

No doubt, the prime minister’s statement is a strong endorsement of Somaliland’s achievements as a peaceful oasis in a dangerous part of the world. But given the several incidents of human rights violations that took place in Somaliland last year, it would not be far fetched to say the Prime Minister’s reply also contained an implicit message to the Somaliland government to desist from such actions if it wants to be welcomed into the international community.

Since President Rayale is now in the United States for the next leg of his journey, and the United States has a bigger stake in Somaliland than Britain, Somalilanders expect, and with justification, that the US’s welcoming of Somaliland’s presidential delegation and its overall commitment to assisting Somaliland will surpass that of Gordon Brown. Will the US follow Gordon Brown’s example or will it drop the ball? Let’s see what happens

Source: Somaliland Times


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