• Any Talks with Somalia shall be on sovereign country to another and not otherwise
• Our sovereignty was not through a silver plate but through the barrel of a gun
• Our armed forces are in the ready to repel and crush any that infringe on our country
By: Yusuf M Hasan
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – In a precedent speech received with jubilation nationwide the president has warned against intent by outside forces to interfere in the statehood of Somaliland.
At a press conference at the Egal airport VIP lounge on departure to Turkey, a A combative president Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo informed all and sundry that the country’s sovereignty was not given on a silver plate but won through blood of living and deceased heroes whose sons and daughter are ready and prepared for the same if and when their statehood is impinged upon.
The head of state who was reacting to a query as per his take on the recognition of the Somalia government said, “This is not a new development since the Somalia government was recognized a long time ago by the international community”
On the issue of the just lifted arms embargo imposed on Somalia by the United Nations the head of state informed categorically that while his administration and the entire populace are displeased, war mongering shall not be accepted from any quarters.
This was in clear reference to a number of anti-Somaliland statements emanating from Mogadishu mostly the Somalia prime minister who has been observed to insinuate that the Mogadishu government is in advanced plans to reclaim territorial administration of the sovereign republic of Somaliland.
The head of state who wondered on the audacity of the Mogadishu government officials as pertains to informing of intent for peaceful Dialogue and in the same breath release warmongering statements; President Silanyo cautioned that the diplomatic approach to issues regional by Somaliland should not be construed as cowardice.
Said he, ” While we are prepared to resume dialogue with our brothers in Somalia let it be known that the talks shall only if they are between to equal partners that is on sovereign country to another and not otherwise “
On the issue of ongoing warmongering from some high powered quarters in Mogadishu president Silanyo who queried on their short memories reminded that the country’s sovereignty was not given on a silver plate but won through blood of living and deceased heroes whose sons and daughter are ready and prepared for the same if and when their statehood is impinged upon.
“I wish to caution those trying to cower us into submission through threats of this action or that our self-rule which came through the loss of blood and use of force shall remain so thus irrevocable and non-negotiable”
Warning that Somalilanders will not sit and watch as their two decades even though not recognized independence is trampled upon, the head of state revealed that the well trained, equipped and prepared country’s armed forces shall be unleashed in defense of the motherland.
Returning to the internationally sanctioned talks with Somalia, and the misconception held by some in Somalia that Somaliland is negotiating for independence, president Silanyo stated that his mandate from the people of Somaliland is for good neighborly discussions between two equal partners and nothing short of this.
The President made the well-received speech on his way to the Turkish capital Ankara where he is to hold bi-lateral talks with premiere Erdogan who extended an official invitation to the Somaliland delegation