Somaliland: British Legislator says it’s Time for Recognition

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MPs Kerry and Thangam with Edna Aden during Somaliland petition to PM Cameroon in London 18 May

Somalilandsun-  “Despite its former history as an independent country before the two countries [Somaliland and Somalia] attempted union, and 25 years as a stable, peaceful democracy since separation, Somaliland is yet to be recognised as an independent state.”

This was stated by UK parliamentarian Kerry Mcarthy  In a statement in which the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has urged the international community to acknowledge the success that Somalilandhas made for the past 25 years.

The statement that came as Somaliland commemorated its 25th anniversary of independence on May 18th with British somalilanders submitting a petition for recognition to prime minister David Cameroon at 10th Downing Street in London MP Kerry wrote

“Today, May 18th, marks the 25th anniversary of the former British colony, Somaliland, separating from the former Italian colony, Somalia. Despite its former history as an independent country before the two countries attempted union, and 25 years as a stable, peaceful democracy since separation, Somaliland is yet to be recognised as an independent state. Only with recognition can Somaliland achieve its full potential, and I believe it is time for the international community to acknowledge this, and listen to the case for recognition.

Somalilanders in Bristol are making an important contribution to community life, and I am proud that Hibaq Jama has been re-elected as a Labour councillor. Many still maintain close ties with Somaliland and I know how important it is to them that Britain, as the former colonial power, takes a leading role in this process. I will do all I can, working with my colleagues in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Somaliland, to encourage the Government to do so. MP Kerry Mcarthy Today’s presentation of a letter to the UK Prime Minister from the President of Somaliland will, I hope, produce a serious response and will help Somaliland move one step closer to being recognised as the independent country that it clearly is.”

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Somalilanders petitioning Downing Street during 18 May anniversary of Somaliland independence  London

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