By Goth Mohamed Goth
The government of the Republic of Somaliland has refuted in the strongest terms false media reports carried in a section of the local media which falsely alleged the recent Multi-client master co-operation agreement entered on the 7th, September 2015 between Spectrum ASA and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the Federal Government of Somalia covered territorial and maritime boundaries in a press statement released by Somaliland Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources spokesperson.
Unlike what the false media reports stated the agreement allows Spectrum to acquire approximately 28,000 km of long offset 2D seismic data offshore south Somalia. The new acquisition has been specifically designed to complement 20,000 km of existing seismic that was acquired in 2014. Spectrum has also been granted the marketing rights for this data.
The Diagram below20,000 km of existing seismic that was acquired in 2014 and doesn’t cover in any way covered territorial and maritime boundaries.
In response to False media reports regarding the apparent Multi-client master co-operation agreement entered on the 7th, September 2015 between Spectrum ASA and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the Federal Government of Somalia , the government of the Republic of Somaliland wishes to reiterate that it does not in any way concern neither recognize, and rejects outright, any attempt by the Federal Government of Somalia to control, regulate or seek to exercise Jurisdiction in the waters adjacent to the territory to Somaliland.
On 18 May 1991 Somaliland reasserted its independence, a status that it briefly enjoyed following the end of British colonial rule on 26th, June 1960, just prior to its voluntary entry into union with Italian Somalia. Somaliland Constitution, adopted by popular referendum held in 2001, and the Government of Somaliland as the sole governing authority over the its natural resources, territory and its adjacent maritime zones, and its exclusive right to exercise jurisdiction and sovereign rights within its territorial and maritime boundaries.
The Government of the Republic of Somaliland wishes to inform that any contracts reached between foreign firms /entity and Federal Government of Somalia does not in any way whatsoever least concern us neither do FSG has jurisdiction or the sovereign rights within the territorial and maritime boundaries of the Republic of Somaliland.
But it was surprising, if not saddening to see some local media have the tendency to deceive and mislead their audience by twisting the facts whenever they see news about the Federal government of Somalia Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the Federal Government of Somalia yet they’re fully aware we are distinct in all forms and manners, conduct should cease immediately.
Finally, the government of Republic of Somaliland remains vigilant at all time and is determined to protect territorial and maritime boundaries at any cost.
Mr. Mahmoud Askar
The Official Spokesman for the Somaliland Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources