Uk’s position remains that it is for Somalis themselves to reach an agreement on Somaliland’s status through dialogue-Harriett Baldwin

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Harriett Baldwin Uk's Minister of State for Africa

Horndiplomat-MP Jim Cunningham (Labour, Coventry South) asked Harriett Baldwin Uk’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs questions related to Somaliland.

Mr Jim Cunningham Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and

Mr Jim Cunningham MP
Mr Jim Cunningham MP

Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Somaliland on (a) security in that region and (b) the Somaliland’s future sovereignty.?

 

 

 

 

 

Harriett Baldwin Uk’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Answered by: Harriett Baldwin

I discussed security with President Musa Bihi during my 7 October visit to Hargeisa. Somaliland has a crucial role in combatting the threat from terrorism in the region. The UK provides a range of assistance to Somaliland, including to enhance Somaliland’s capability to disrupt terrorist threats, gather evidence and make arrests based on respect for human rights and the rule of law. The UK also supports Somaliland’s efforts to contribute to security in the region through engagement with the police, judiciary and civil society.

We remain concerned about clashes earlier this year near the town of Tukareq, and we strongly encourage leaders on all sides to resolve disputes peacefully and engage with the mediation process led by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The UK does not recognise Somaliland’s declaration of independence. Our long-standing position remains that it is for Somalis themselves to reach an agreement on Somaliland’s status through dialogue, and for countries in the region to lead on recognising the outcome of this dialogue. Said Harriett Baldwin Uk’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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  1. The view of Harriett Baldwin UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is irrelevant to the international treaties concluded between Somaliland and UK on 26 June 1960. Somalia is puppet State designed to shield under modern slavery. Somalia and African Union has no competence any on the case of Somaliland, UK has already recognized Somaliland on 26 June 1960 and there is no two recognition, let UK Government say these treaties were foolish.
    Is up to Somaliland to actualize its statehood and sovereignty, and prevent any dialogue with Somalia as far as possible.
    Yussuf

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