Somaliland, who are at the centre of a rift between Somalia and Guinea has appealed to the international community to help it achieve formal recognition as an independent state.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Acting president of Somaliland, Abdirahman Abdullahi Ismail ‘Zeili’i, deplored what he said was continued belligerence of Somalia against the government and people of Somaliland.
“We herein issue a strong warning to the administration in Mogadishu which has of late made a habit of persistent offences against Somaliland revealing a deep enmity and hostility it harbours against the people of Somaliland.
“We call on the international community not to juxtapose a country that could not conduct a public election and whose administration has been put together by the international community, albeit being still limited to Villa Somalia, against an established democracy that is Somaliland which has put six one-man-one-vote internationally acclaimed elections on record.
“The Somaliland Republic has always shown a willingness to open dialogue with the Mogadishu (Xamar) administration at any international venue but their absence from the recent Kenya meeting attended by the international community makes nought of that sentiment.
“Somaliland cautions against any hostile activities on the part of the Mogadishu administration that can adversely affect the Horn and especially against its backdrop of volatility,” the statement added.
Somaliland is located in northern Somalia. It is a former British protectorate, that agreed to merge with former Italian Somaliland in 1960 to create what is today Somalia.
They seceded and declared independence in 1991 as Somalia plunged into chaos after the fall of president Siad Barre. Somaliland has been pushing for independence / international recognition ever since.
It has its own government based in the self-appointed capital of Hargeisa, its own army and prints its own currency.
It is also considered much more stable than the rest of Somalia, which is plagued by clan disputes, corruption and a violent insurgency waged by the Al-Shabaab militant group.