Somaliland: Signature Of A Peace Accord
An agreement was reached Between Somaliland President Silanyo and militia commander Hagaltosie to bring peace to the Buhodle and Sool regions.
Below is an article published by Prensa Latina:
The Buhodle peace accord between President Silanyo and Commander Hagaltosie is now under implementation.
This outcome follows the arrival in Buhodle town of Mr. Suleiman Isse Ahmed 'Hagaltosie' where he informed thousands of residents that he is determined to secure peaceful co-existence in Buhodle and Sool region.
Mr. Hagaltosie who is a former militia commander turned politician and peacemaker signed a peace accord after a lengthily meeting with the president H.E Ahmed Mahmoud Silanyo in Dubai where the two agreed on the need to reconcile peacefully.
The former SSC militia commander who is returning home following a month's long sojourn in Dubai, Kenya and Puntland told the multitude of his welcoming committee at the outskirts of Buhodle town that continued clashes with the national army have proved fruitless thus peaceful reconciliation with the Government in Hargeisa.
Said he, "There are a number of people who are against peace while clashes have not benefitted them, while our people continue to suffer"
Mr. Suleiman Hagaltosie who informed that the anti-peace elements will no longer be consulted, said, "Since it is the people who suffer they are the ones to decide and as attested here, they have opted for peaceful reconciliation with the Somaliland government".
He told the residents of Buhodle that his agreement for peaceful reconciliation was as agreed before his departure to Dubai. He assured the residents that President Silanyo, who is determined to end the clashes in the area, is very sympathetic to their prolonged insecurity plight that has ensued with increased poverty and lack of public services.
According to the Buhodle peace accord, The Sool Sanaag Cayn (Ain)-SSC militia will lay down its arms as a prelude to entering into talks with the government. The militia arms will be handed over to the national army which will also, after the talks, absorb a substantial number of the former militias into its ranks.
A joint press statement released after the accords signing in Dubai informed that the meeting agreed on the need to end continuous clashes in Buhodle district and other areas of Sool region thus avail citizens the benefit of public services.
While urging for peaceful resolution to grievances of the Buhodle residents and those from other parts of Sool region, the president said, "Continue armed clashes only exacerbate the suffering of residents who are denied development projects that would uplift their livelihoods"
President Silanyo who stressed on the SSC leader the importance of expedited end to hostilities, promised his person and full support as well as that of the government and people of Somaliland thus normalize the turbulent eastern region of the country.
On his part the SSC leader said that his acquiescence with the president on the need for immediate end to hostilities especially in his hometown of Buhodle, emanated from a desire to see his clansmen share developments with the rest of their brothers and sisters in Somalilanders.
Hagaltosie promised that on return to Buhodle he will immediately embark on disbanding his militia and handing over the assortment of weaponry at his disposal to the government, Said he, "After disbanding the militia I will facilitate for talks with the government as agreed with the President.
At the same time the end to hostilities in the area will not only afford the residents participate and benefit from national development projects but will negate the oft disturbing issue of unsecured borders. End of quote