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Bihi and Swan discuss the resumption of cooperation between UN and Somaliland

Hargeisa (SD) – The President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, and the United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, held telephone talks, negotiating on new terms that will allow the UN and its agencies to deal with Somaliland separately.

The two leaders discussed issues related to Somaliland’s decision to suspend cooperation with UN agencies.

Reports say the meeting focused specifically on restoring relations and cooperation between the two parties.

Sources close to the meeting also said that Muse Bihi, for his part, insisted on the conditions he had previously set for him to be treated like a country.

Somaliland recently announced a ban on all UN agencies in the country, accusing it of being under the control of the Somali federal government.

Somaliland has further accused the United Nations of taking orders from Mogadishu and trying to implement projects that are inconsistent with its Somaliland Development Plan.

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