Feb 23, 2012

Somaliland: Recognition Demonstrations Sweep European Capitals

In the build-up to the 2012 London Somalia conference, Somalilanders across Europe, and particularly in London, have hit the streets in their thousands to demonstrate for the international recognition of Somaliland.

Below is an article published by Somaliland Sun:

Demonstrations in support of the irrevocable sovereignty of Somaliland took place in a number of European capitals. In London British Somalilanders in their thousands demonstrated outside the British PMs office at 10 Downing Street. 

The peaceful demonstrators informed David Cameron the British Prime Minister that the sovereignty of Somaliland was non-negotiable despite its participation in the 23rd London conference on Somalia. The London demonstrators urged David Cameron to respect the wish of Somalilanders per se,

While the demonstrations at 10 Downing Street was in its Zenith, the Somaliland President H.E. Ahmed Mahmoud Silanyo was in a Meeting with David Cameron at his office where issuers pertinent to the status of the country at the 23rd meeting were agreed upon.

After the David Cameron talks H.E Ahmed Mahmoud Silanyo also held related discussions with the British Foreign Secretary Mr William Hague where discussions pertinent to bilateral relations between the countries were held.

After the British meetings the Somaliland president officially launched the newly established Somaliland International Cooperation organization.

In Denmark demonstrations were held outside the foreign minister’s office and the British Embassy. The Danish-Somalilanders demonstrators presented letters to the two offices in which they asked the two countries to spearhead the immediate and unconditional recognition of Somaliland as a sovereign nation.