By Goth Mohamed Goth
Hargeisa- Somaliland Minister of Defense Hon Ahmed Haji Abdillahi Cadami today in a press statement released by the Ministry of Defense dismissed reports carried by local media which alleged troops loyal to the semi autominious Puntland were still dug in along the its border Somaliland in preparation of major battle over territory it claims belongs to Puntland.
The Ministry of Defense Press Statement released today stated as follows:
“We are still waiting the response of local leaders who have requested us to give them time to negotiate with Puntlands Army units who are said for the first time to be amassing close our borders in territory which has also being under our jurisdiction, we told the peace delegation that our they shouldn’t test our patience, that’s why we have two alternatives on the table , one is for them to cease all hostilities and pull their troops back or else shall be forced to act with all means in our disposal,” He stated.
Somaliland Defense Minister said, “The other side after carefully weighing the consequences of their uncalculated actions they decided to pull back their troop to the previous positions without any further delay in order to avert the current standoff escalating into full military confrontations.
Hon Cadami went on to say, “On the intervention of local leaders we choose peace over war this time but let it be known that this won’t be the case next time and we shall be forced to take appropriate in order to teach them a lesson once and for all ,we can’t always afford can’t stand further incursions into our scared territory anymore, blaming Puntland for formatting the latest hostilities.