Mar 07, 2011

Somaliland: Renewed Hope for Recognition after Visit to South Sudan

During his visit the former minister is to hold talks with the South Sudanese government on bilateral relations between the two countries.

Below is an article published by Somalilandpress: 

Former Somaliland’s Civil Aviation minister is scheduled to hold talks with officials from South Sudan government ahead of their official independence from Khartoum.

Mr. Ali Mohamed ‘Waran Adde” who served under President Riyale has been travelling by road using his vehicle and Somaliland license plates to cross Somaliland-Ethiopia border and Ethiopia-South Sudan border for the past month.

He told local radio stations by telephone that he encountered a lot of new and exciting things during his journey to southern Sudan. He said it was an eye opener for him.

He added he is expected to discuss general issues related to bilateral ties, like economic and trade cooperation with the South Sudanese government.

The government of Somaliland has not yet sent an official delegation from the ruling party but it has welcomed the South’s independence vote.

Somaliland believes it could use the South’s independence as a precedent as it seeks more support for its case for international recognition. Some foreign observers and politicians believe the Juba government will recognize Somaliland which will pave the way for other regional powers to follow.

As a part of a 2005 North-South peace deal, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the people of South Sudan went to the polling stations to vote for secession from the North in January.

Nearly 99 percent of southerners voted to form Africa’s newest 54th state. The results have been endorsed by foreign observers, UN, Arab League and North Sudan. South Sudan is expected to be inaugurated as the world’s newest nation on 9th of July.

Between now and then, the territories will have to agree on issues such as debts, citizenship, national assets and border demarcation.