Somaliland, Hargeisa (ANN)- Did he visit in personal or official capacity? Was Dr. Jama Musse Jama misquoted or quoted out of context by Uganda’s Presidential Press Unit, now that his government has distanced itself from talks of unification? It is only him who can clarify. He has not said anything on the same since. according to Plus News and published a report on the matter and the Somaliland government’s response.
Somaliland, officially the Republic of Somaliland, is an unrecognized sovereign state in the Horn of Africa, recognized internationally as a de jure part of Somalia.
In a statement, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs said the country only discusses cooperation and recognition with every government they speak with, not unification.
“The Somaliland Government affirms that any dialogue that transpires between Somaliland and Somalia will not discuss unification, but rather how the two previously united countries can move forward separately,” reads in part, a statement by Somaliland’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.
“Therefore, the Republic of Somaliland once again confirms to the African Union and the rest of the international community that it has no plans for dialogue to discuss unity with Somalia,” adds the Ministry.
The statement follows claims that Dr. Jama Musse Jama, an envoy from Somaliland, asked the President of Uganda to lead in negotiations to have Somaliland and Somalia unified.
Dr. Jama Musse Jama met President Museveni at State House, Entebbe, on Friday.
A press statement by Uganda’s Presidential Press Unit (PPU) claimed that Dr. Jama “informed President Museveni that there is an agent need for Somalia and Somaliland to unite because they are missing out a lot on development.”
“Dr. Jama also requested the President to take the centre stage in uniting the two countries because of his influential role in Somalia,” claimed PPU.
In response, President Museveni agreed to be the unification facilitator between Somaliland and Somalia.
The President said that he does not support the secession of Somaliland from Somalia because it is wrong.
“We don’t support secession because strategically, it is wrong,” President Museveni emphasized.
The remarks attributed to Dr. Jama Musse have since been received with contempt in Somaliland and around the world since they contradict Somaliland decades’ long quest for international recognition.
Today’s statement by Somaliland’s Foreign Affairs Ministry also states that: “The Republic of Somaliland’s constitution is founded on the country’s sovereign rule and makes no reference to a union that collapsed 32 years ago.”
“The President of the Republic of Somaliland actively upholds the pillars of the Somaliland Constitution and the aspirations of the Somaliland people,” it adds.
It is now clear that the remarks attributed to Dr. Jama Musse, while in Kampala, don’t represent the position of the Somaliland government and the aspirations of Somalilanders.
The development also raises questions on whether actually Dr. Jama Musse’s visit to Uganda and his message to President Museveni were sanctioned by the country’s President, H.E Muse Bihi Abdi.
Did he visit in personal or official capacity? Was Dr. Jama Musse Jama misquoted or quoted out of context by Uganda’s Presidential Press Unit, now that his government has distanced itself from talks of unification? It is only him who can clarify. He has not said anything on the same since. according to Plus News and published a report on the matter and the Somaliland government’s response.
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.