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A Bill On Somaliland Recognition To Be Introduced To US Congress

Issue 315
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Ministry of Water & Minerals about to Strike Deal with Rogue Puntland Oil Company: Range Resources Ltd

Jendayi Frazer Visits Somaliland

Halo Trust Officer Wounded After Being Shot By Aggrieved Ex-Employee

Somaliland Parliamentary Cross-Party Committee Travel To London

Justice & Welfare Party Calls Investigation of Omission

A Bill On Somaliland Recognition To Be Introduced To US Congress

UN’s Ethiopia-Eritrea force at risk

Somaliland Frees Puntland Pows - Puntland Vows To Retake Las Anod City

Somali soldiers storm central bank

Africa summit wraps up

Mogadishu faces its most difficult time

Rethinking Somalia’s plight

Regional Affairs

US envoy in surprise visit to Somaliland: Somaliland spokesman

Somaliland Responds To Statement Reportedly Made By Somali Leader

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Kosovo independence declaration possible in 10 days

Board okays black-focused school

US Presidential Contenders Prepare For Super Tuesday

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

UCL Archaeologist Returns To Somaliland

Australia police inquiry of mining firms should extend to Somalia

UN Chief Seeks Way Out of Kenya's Post-Election Chaos

Leopard among the women: "Shabeelnaagood" A Somali play by Hassan Sheikh Mumin

Gulf investors eyes lured by high return Business Venture In Somalia

New US Commander prepares for Africa Assignment

JFK's Daughter Endorses Obama

Africa summit wraps up amid concern over Kenya, Chad

Food for thought

Opinions

Death of Somali Nationalism and Emergence of Siadist ends

What are the problems of somaliland’s national audit office and their possible solutions?

The Clan Rivalry Among Somalis Must End!

The Presidential trip: “The Most successful event”

In response To The Funny Kulmiye

Somaliland is at the critical junction

A tribute to Hassan Sheikh Mumin


US Congress

Washington DC, January 24, 2008 – A draft Bill on expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should recognize an independent Somaliland is prepared and presented to members of the US Congress.

Prepared by a group that calls itself “Friends of Somaliland People” the Draft Bill urges the government of the United States to formally recognize the independent status of Somaliland “within its colonial borders which are still in tact, being a very reasonable step toward bringing peace to the Horn of Africa and constituting the acceptance of established international law.”

“Patrick Linberry, head of the US wing of the group has met with legislators to discuss the introduction of a bill that would recognize Somaliland as an independent country, reads a press release by the group.

“Right now we are looking for a co-sponsor for the bill so that it can be introduced into one of the two houses. It has already been looked over by the Somaliland government and the Somaliland lobby in the US. As a starting point I have met with senators and representatives of whom I am a constituent,” he told a news wire called addishorn.com.

“He has met with and spoken to the offices of Senators Dole (R-NC) and Burr (R-NC) and Representatives Miller (D-NC), who is member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Coble (R-NC), it was learnt.

“Rep. Howard Coble’s office said it is willing to offer support, whether it means writing a letter of support to the Department of State or actually seeing that this bill is introduced in the House, said the press release.

“It is to be recalled that a high-level delegation from Somaliland, led by President Dahir Kahin Rayale, departed Washington January 19 after an eight-day visit. While there, the delegation met with senior officials of the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, and National Security Council staff, among others.

“This cordial and constructive visit demonstrated U.S. engagement with Somaliland in furtherance of our common interests in the areas of regional peace and security, economic development, and democratic reform,” said a statement from the US Department of State.

Source: Addis Horn


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