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Somalilanders breathe a sigh of relief

Issue 330
Front Page

Riyale Forced To Talk With The Opposition But Unwilling To Accept He Is No Longer President

National Union Of Somaliland Journalists Proclaimed

Somaliland Foreign Minister receives French diplomats

From Africa to West Papua, unrecognized nations push for self-determination

Islamist leader says Somalia talks waste of time

Security Council Express Strong Support For Secretary-General's Integrated Strategy For Peace In Somalia

Declaration Opening the World Order to De facto States

Somaliland overrides 17 years of underestimation

Policy Failures In Somalia Conflict

Regional Affairs

Meeting Between The Government & Opposition Leaders In Hargeysa

Clan militias in Kismayo feel pressure again

Special Report

International News

Bush presses Arab leaders on reform

Moldova And Transdniester Parliament Leaders Meet In Brussels For EU-Led Talks



Different Kind Of World Cup

What Vietnam taught McCain about war

Campaign to establish a radical Islamic state

Somaliland - Setting aside the political differences for Common Goals

Egypt Con Man Gets 1,000 Years

Collaboration requires a strong home base

Food for thought


Both in Puntland and Somaliland, Siyad's goons are in charge

The Past Haunts Me


Time Is Up Mister

Together We Shall Overcome The Crisis

Is There A Problem Between Opposition Parties And Dahir Riyale

Peace In Somaliland Is At The Fork Of Ephemerality And Endurance


As news of talks between the government and the opposition parties became public, Somalilanders both inside and outside the country breathed a sigh of relief that the threat of violence and civil strife that hung over them was finally lifted. Particularly reassuring was the upbeat statement by the Chairman of UCID opposition party, Mr Faysal Ali Warabe, in which he emphasized that the opposition and the government were determined to reach an agreement over the issues in dispute. The vice-President’s statement reinforced this positive mood, although his reiteration that the government still views the extension of its term as legitimate raised the question of how a settlement is going to be reached if the government does not budge from its position?

At this point, the good news is that the government and the opposition are talking. They already had met twice and have promised to meet again on May 19 th. The lingering question in many people’s mind is: will the next meetings result in an understanding or did Somalilanders celebrate too early?

If the government and the opposition reach an agreement on the way forward, it would be a demonstration, yet again, that Somalilanders have not lost that quality that makes them unique in Africa, namely, their ability to sit down together and solve their own problems. If, on the other hand, the talks fail, especially after such a promising start, it would be the beginning of a dark and difficult chapter in Somaliland’s history. With such momentous and contrasting consequences for themselves and their people, it should be clear to Somaliland’s government and the opposition that failure of the talks is not an option.

Source: Somaliland Times

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