HARGEISA (SD) – Bring an end to years long talks with the neighbouring Somalia as the process undermines the quest for statehood, UCID party leader Feisal Ali Warabe urged Somaliland President Muse Bihi.
Speaking to the media, Feisal said his party had decided not to participate in future talks, noting ‘these talks have cost us dearly.’
The UCID leader urged president Bihi to declare an end to the talks ‘failure to which we will submit a motion to parliament to stop it.’
“This (talks) have caused the countries that would recognize us to back down. If the president does not agree with this decision, we will present it to the parliament,” Faisal said.
In 2014, the Federal Government of Somalia and Somaliland signed another accord following three-day talks moderated by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
The two sides agreed on the continuation of the talks facilitated by Turkey but month later Somaliland rescinded its decision and accused Turkey of supporting Somalia against Somaliland.
It is seven years down the line since Somalia, and Somaliland talks brokered by Turkey had collapsed with no tangible progress reached following intransigence by the sides.
Somaliland, a former British protectorate proclaimed independence from the rest of Somalia after the collapse of the central government collapsed in 1991.
Though the federal government is insisting on the unity of Somalia as paramount, the leaders of Somaliland want to secure secession.