Recognise Somaliland now, President Bihi urges international community
Somaliland president Muse Bihi is urging the international community hand the country recognition and have it admitted to the United Nations.
Bihi says his country has done everything expected of an independent state since parting way with Somalia 29 years ago after the start of the civil war in the country following the dethroning of the Siad Barre regime.
“Since Somaliland announced its independence from Somalia, we have done everything that we could to earn a recognition.
We rule in democracy, we have peaceful and functioning institutions, and economically we are not a burden to the world, yet we have no recognition and did not see anyone saying we do not deserve it,” Bihi said.
In an interview by the Voice of America Somalia service Bihi accused the Somalia leadership in Mogadishu of being the biggest stumbling block in their quest for self determination.
“It is time Somalia’s leadership and the international community to accept “the reality of two independent nations- Somalia and Somaliland.”
Somaliland, a former British protectorate, broke away from Somalia in 1991 and has continued its effort to be a separate country ever since, but it has not been internationally recognized.
The government in Mogadishu, however, wants the country’s northern territory to be part of a single Somali state.
“We face the biggest fight from the government in Mogadishu, which uses its international recognition and support to fight Somaliland, whether it is economic pressure, instigating violence within Somaliland or spreading a propaganda war,” Bihi said.