Somaliland: President Condemns Arab’s Position on His Breakaway Country
Somaliland President Dahir Riyale Kahin today expressed his disappointment at Arab countries’ insistence on clinging to their wrong concept of
In a telephone interview with Awdalnews Network, Kahin said: “Arabs are still attached to the old concept of
Responding to the Arab League latest proposal for an international meeting with the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations to talk about peace in
“They did not give an asylum to a single Somali person while other countries have sheltered and cared for the Somali people over the last 16 years,” he added.
Somaliland declared its independence in 1991 and has since been enjoying peace, stability and robust democratization progress in sharp contrast to the rest of
On the impact of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) on Somaliland, President Kahin noted that any development that took place in Somalia would have its impact on Somaliland, saying: “Definitely any developments taking place in Somalia will have an impact on us but we will not allow any interference in our internal affairs.”
He declined to comment on the reports of a few Somaliland clerics led by Sheikh Ali Warsame traveling to
Sheikh Ali Warsame, a former leader of the Al Itthiad Al Islami and an in-law of Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, has been reported to have left his hometown Buroa, where he lived as a reclusive but influential cleric since the Al Ittihad militias were badly beaten by
Regarding video footage about a torture of a cleric currently in jail in Hargeisa, Kahin said that the footage seemed to be a fabrication, underlining that
“We don’t use torture as an investigative method and we don’t torture anyone in our prisons. It is against our values and our laws,” he added, pointing out that the whole episode could be a ruse by some people trying to use the name of Islam for their own agenda.
Kahin, however, confirmed that the man was suspected of being behind the explosives found in Hargeisa during the parliamentary elections in September 2005.
Las Anod issue
On the recent visit by the leader of the autonomous Somali state of Puntland to Las Anod and whether Las Anod had become part of Puntland by default, Kahin said that
“To claim part of another country is just a dream. The people of Las Anod are divided and only time will tell on which side they would like to be.”
Answering a question on the issue of the election of the House of Elders, he said the election of the House of Elders should be based on regional basis and statistics. “There can be no elections until a countrywide population census is conducted. Holding an election needs budget, laws and census. Therefore, this house will continue to function until 2010.”
On the economic front, Kahin said that the ground work for the Somaliland-German joint venture on establishing a cement factory, coal powered electricity plant and a gypsum factory would start on October 14 when representatives of the
He was referring to a joint venture agreement that Somaliland signed with
Kahin said that the joint venture would be on the basis of 51% held by the government and 49% by the German company.On the bad situation of the country’s roads, particularly the repeated complaints of the Awdal people about the road between Dilla and Borama, President Kahin said: “It is not only Awdal but all the country’s roads are in bad shape. Roads inside Hargeisa are in a bad condition. The infrastructure is very costly and we are working hard to get outside funding for the construction of the roads linking Odweyne and Hargeisa, Kalabaydh and Borama, Wajaale and Allaybaday and others.”