STATEMENT ON THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN SOMALILAND AND SOMALIA 2 MARCH 2015

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A high-level delegation representing the Government of the Republic of Somaliland
traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to participate in the next round of talks with the Federal
Government of Somalia, as envisaged by the communiqué signed in Djibouti in
December 2014 by the Presidents of Somaliland and Somalia.
In the lead up to the Istanbul meeting, Somaliland wrote letters of protest to Somalia
and Turkey for unilateral actions taken by Somalia which sought to undermine the
Dialogue. This included Somalia’s inclusion of officials of Somaliland nationality in its
delegation. Both parties had agreed at the outset of the Dialogue process not to include
representatives in their respective delegations who originated from the other nation.
The delegation representing Somaliland, led by H.E. Mohamed B. Yonis, Minister of
Foreign Affairs suspended the Istanbul meeting until the egregious conduct by Somalia
was rectified.
Moreover, both Somaliland and Somalia agreed during the first Dialogue meeting
facilitated by Turkey, which was held in Ankara in April 2013 to “refrain from using
inflammatory language and any other act which my put the continuation of the Dialogue
at risk.” However, Somalia’s actions on a number of occasions have sought to
undermine and jeopardize the continuation of the talks. The conduct complained of
includes; (i) the inclusion of officials of Somaliland origin in the delegation representing
Somalia, (ii) the continual delays by Somalia to holding the talks, (iii) inflammatory
statements and comments made by Somalia about the talks and Somaliland’s status as
an independent nation, (iv) Somalia’s reneging of agreements reached in previous
rounds of the talks, and (v) the clear lack of desire by Somalia to promote the Dialogue
and use it as an opportunity to properly address its future relations with Somaliland.
Somaliland has acted in good faith to honour the spirit of the talks. However, in light of
the number of challenges that Somaliland has faced during the Dialogue, we have
decided to suspend further talks with Somalia until the existing challenges are properly
addressed and Somalia demonstrates in its language and behavior that it wishes to take
the talks seriously and act in a responsible way in order to achieve an amicable and just
resolution in the future relations between Somalia and Somaliland.
JAMHUURIYADDA SOMALILAND
WASAARADA ARRIMAHA DIBEDDA
& ISKAASHIGA CAALAMIGA AH
REPUBLIC OF SOMALILAND
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS &
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Despite Somaliland’s disappointment at the behavior of Somalia throughout the talks
and particularly in this last Istanbul meeting, the Somaliland delegation expresses its
gratitude to the Government of Turkey for generously hosting both delegations in
Istanbul. It is unfortunate that Turkey’s brotherly intentions have been undermined by
the violations and intransigence of Somalia.