Breakaway Somaliland adamant to discuss unification with Somalia

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Mogadishu.

The breakaway region of Somaliland on Monday said it had no plans to discuss unity with Somalia.

The statement contradicted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who said he would act as a “unification mediator” between the two governments.

“Any dialogue between Somaliland and Somalia will not discuss unification, but how the two previously united countries can move forward separately,” Somaliland’s government said in a statement.

Earlier, Museveni said, “Somalia and Somaliland should do away with politics of identity if they want prosperity for their country”.

He made the statement a day after meeting Jama Musse Jama, a special envoy for Somaliland.

However, Museveni’s deputy press secretary said that Uganda’s state house had no comment on Somaliland’s statement.

Somaliland has remained largely peaceful for over three decades while its neighbour has been convulsed by civil war.

Some clan elders in disputed areas along Somaliland’s border with Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland state said they would want to be part of Puntland rather than Somaliland.

Heavy fighting broke out between Somaliland forces and militiamen in and around Las Anod in one such area in February.

Somalia’s information and interior ministers did not immediately respond to requests for comment, though Somalia’s position has consistently been that it considers Somaliland part of Somalia and wants unification.

Somaliland’s government declared autonomy from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread international recognition for independence.

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