Garowe Online

LONDON, England Jun 20 2012 (Garowe Online) – Officials from Somaliland and the southern Somali government met in London to discuss the future of Somalia and Somaliland, Garowe Online reports.

Officials from the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and the breakaway region of Somaliland began talks in an undisclosed location in London. The Somaliland Somalia meeting was an issue agreed on at the London conference earlier this year.

According to the final communiqué from the London conference held in February, this conference was organized to open up talks between the two governments to clarify their future relations.

For twenty odd years, Somaliland’s stance has been to gain independence from Somalia. Despite talks between the two governments Somaliland officials maintain that they are seeking independence.

Speaking to the Somaliland media in Hargeisa Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Abdullahi Omar assured that Somaliland would not renounce its bid for independence.

“We should maintain our dignity as an independent nation, deserving of international respect. Our sovereignty is non-negotiable,” Dr Omar said.

The issue of independence will likely cause an interesting debate over whether or not the TFG is willing to recognize Somaliland as sovereign nation.  Read more…