LONDON (SD) – The British Parliament had a long debate on the recognition of Somaliland. The multi-faceted debate on the issue of Somaliland revolved around the UK government’s recognition of Somaliland.
Most of the lawmakers in the debate were in agreement with MP Gavin Williamson, a member of parliament who introduced the motion to recognize Somaliland.
Gavin, who presented the debate to members of parliament, said it was time for the UK to recognize Somaliland. Mr. Gavin added that it was counter productive for the UK government to wait another 30 years and that it was time to face reality.
Kerry McCarthy, one of the lawmakers who took part in the debate, said that Somaliland has made great strides and has shown its ability to build an independent state and it is time to recognize it as an independent state.
Chris Heaton-Harris, speaking on behave of the UK government at the House of Commons, said the UK’s position was to encourage the Somaliland issue to be discussed between Mogadishu and Hargeisa officials.
Meanwhile, Vicky Ford, the British Minister for Africa, also addressed the debate on Somaliland’s recognition. She said the UK’s position was clear and that it was up to the federal government of Somalia and Somaliland to discuss their future.
Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi and some Somaliland officials, for their part, thanked lawmaker Gavin Williamson for presenting the debate to the UK parliament.
Somaliland declared independence from the rest of Somalia 30 years ago, but has not yet received full international recognition.
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