Despite the clear messages out of Mogadishu calling for the demise of Somaliland our Kulmiye elites continue to betray the trust of the people of Somaliland who entrusted them, wrongfully to defend the country against foreign enemies. Minister of foreign affairs Bihi is at it again undermining the will of the nation and eager to strike deals with the devil, in this case the redundant, powerless Somalia failed warlords masquerading as legitimately-elected politicians.
Somalia’s so-called government can barely control its Villa Somalia compounds guarded by African Union soldiers paid for by Western powers to do their dirty work,unfortunately the AU forces are not eager to finish the job for it pays very well and are not in a hurry to clean up Mogadishu anytime soon from Al-Shabaab. Also, Somalis in Somalia themselves are not ready to govern themselves effectively and are interested in looting whatever bread crumbs the donors spare.
The talks between Somaliland and Somalia was a big mistake from the beginning the two parties have two distinctively opposed agenda. Somalia wants a union with Somaliland and on the other hand Somaliland does not want to repeat the mistake of 26, June 1960 and reunite with the Somalia. The talks can only resume if the Somalis are genuine in their efforts to reach out to Somaliland, however, the recent appointment of a war criminal to head the Somalia police force is a clear indication of how the Somalia crowd are not interested in real dialogue and want the status quo to remain to loot more and more while ignoring the real issues facing Somalis. Their position is understandable and consistent with their behavior towards Somaliland, what is not palatable is this erroneous quest by the Silanyo government to reach out to Somalia time and time again in light of their total disregard to Somaliland’s wishes to be a sovereign nation once again. Even the single point agreed upon to control Somali airspace from Hargeisa was once again torpedoed by Somalia.
So one asks why is Kulmiye so eager to keep talking to Somalia in the face of Somalia’s blatant and I may add arrogant stance towards Somaliland. What is the main goal here, fruitless is one word to describe this useless exercise in worthless diplomacy. Mr. Bihi is playing with fire here, he and his boss along with the treason Kulmiye lobby must be all thrown out of office before its too late. To the opposition parties, I say it is now or never, this young nation can not undo yet another catastrophic mistake by child-like politicians who do not weigh their actions and the consequences of it. Wadani and Ucid must press Silanyo to pull out of the talks with Somalia once and for all or else the republic will be lost again, this time forever.
Khadar Wacays (firstname.lastname@example.org)