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Ethiopia and the UAE are on the virtue of declaring the recognition of Somaliland as sovereign and independent country in order to silence the meaningless talk of Mogadishu guys.

Over the past 27 years, and despite the success achieved by Somaliland in establishing a modern and democratic government, Somaliland is yet to receive full international recognition; although scores of international players are dealing with Somaliland as De Facto state for all practical purposes.




However, the signing of Berbera Port Concession Agreement between Somaliland, Ethiopian and DP World (wholly owned subsidiary of the State of UAE) has taken the case of Somaliland to Global Headlines. This agreement has exposed the failure and inability of the Government of Somalia (the South) of taking any action or having anything to do with Berbera Port. The guys in Mogadishu contend that Berbera is part of the now defunct Somali Democratic Republic, but none of them could even dire set foot in Berbera or have visited the town over the past 27 years. The Berbera Port development has opened the eyes of international community to the plight of Somaliland and the recent historical background of these territories. The Government of Somaliland under the leadership of President Musa Bihji Abdi has shown the word the credentials of reliable, balanced and functioning government that has the capacity to enter into international treaties. On the other hand, it has become obvious that Mr Fermajo of Somalia and his government are locked up in couple of villas in Mogadishu under the protection of African Peace Keeping forces that have transformed into African Mercenary Forces over the years. Mr. Farmaajo uses armoured vehicles or even armoured personnel carriers (APC) to make it to Mogadishu Airport. Yet, his clowns continue to claim that they have control over Berbera where Mr. Farmajo’s late uncle was literally kicked out in 1991.



Somaliland fought the dictatorship of Siyad Barreh from 1982 to 1991 and brought that regime to its knees. The people of Somaliland have since capitalized on their traditional values and the democratic norms they inherited as a British Protectorate for 76 years (from 1884 to 1960) and managed to agree on new way out of the effects of the devastating war. They decided to reclaim the independence they gained from Great Britain in 26 June 1960, prior to the ill-fated union with the Italian South. Over the years, Somaliland managed to setup working and effective government institutions. On the contrary, Somalia in South had reacted to effects of the 1991 civil war in a typical Italian Mafia Style. Money, Guns and Warlords became the master in Mogadishu and took over the role of elders and intellectuals. The people in the South also became victim to the propaganda of the fanatic religious groups who failed to the sell their toxic merchandise to the more enlightened Northern communities.



Despite the unprecedented success that Somaliland has made in building a modern nation out of the ruins of Hargeisa and Burao, and the equally un-paralleled series of failures that Mogadishu and the South continue to commit since 1991, the International Community has yet to recognize Somaliland as Independent sovereign nation.



However, the agreement that Somaliland has recently concluded with the DP Wold (UAE) and Ethiopia government has turned the table on Mogadishu and exposed their unsubstantiated claims and outright lies to the International Community. Somaliland has demonstrated that they have constructive as well as legal possession over their territories and that their official recognition as an independent state is actually long overdue. The fuss and vague claims made by Mr Farmaajo and his Prime Minister has also added fuel to the Somaliland recognition process. According to informed sources, the governments of Ethiopia and the UAE who have signed Berbera concession agreement with Somaliland are on the virtue of declaring the recognition of Somaliland as sovereign and independent country in order to silence the rhetoric and meaningless talk of Mogadishu guys. The Outcome of Berbera Concession could be the King maker for Somaliland Recognition.




Hassan Abdi Yousuf

Head of Horn of Africa Economic Research Center

Hargeisa, Somaliland