Somaliland: Government seeks Somalia Agreements Approval from Parliament

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MPs to deliberate on the TFG agreements/File HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – Legislators in the House of Representatives are perusing the two agreements entered with Somalia.

The MPs from the lower house of parliament were each distributed a copy of the two agreements that were entered in London and Dubai during today’s session that was presided over by the deputy speaker Hon Bashe Mohamed Farah.

The deputy speaker stressed on the importance of the honourable members getting a clear grasp of the two agreements in-order to facilitate meaningful debate, said he, “the purpose of availing you the Chevening House declaration and the Dubai Charter is related to you as members of the debating the agreements merits and demerits before putting honourable house’s seal of approval or rejection”.

The 4 points Dubai charter which was signed by the president of Somaliland H.E Ahmed Mahmoud Silanyo and his Somalia counterpart Hon Sheikh Sharif in Dubai on the 28th June 2012 in Dubai was geared towards putting official seals of approval to the Chevening house declaration.

The Chevening house Declaration was signed in London by technical committees from Somaliland and Somalia following two days of talks that were the first between the two formerly united countries in 21 years. They were witnessed by the European Union, Norway and the British government that also hosted them at Chavering Cross manor house in the outskirts of London.

The Somaliland team in London was made up of Dr Mohamed Abdilahi Omar- Minister of foreign affairs, leader of opposition political party of UCID Hon Feisal Ali Warabe, MP Bashe Mohamed Farah- 1st Deputy speaker of parliament, Ministers of the presidency and that of Labour & Social Affairs Hon Hirsi Ali and Hon Mahmoud Ahmed Barre (Garaad) respectively.

The Transitional Federal Government-TFG which was headed by interior minister Abdisalam Mo’alin Mohamed included TFG ambassador to Djibouti, Abdi Hussein Gulwade, minister for education and culture, Ahmed Aideed Ibrahim, MP Hussein Hassan and MP Mohamed Hassan Adan.

The deliberations at Chavering cross agreed on a number of issues chief being that the presidents of the two countries H.E Ahmed Mahmoud Silanyo and Sheikh Sharif meet in either the United Arab Emirates, Qatar or Switzerland next week, for more talks.

On the 28th June 2012 the two presidents Silanyo/Sharif met in Dubai in the sidelines of an anti-piracy meeting where they acquiesced on the Chevening declaration thus signature to the Dubai charter that gives the two technical committees further mandate to continue talks.

The Somaliland Somalia talks that are sponsored by the international community are as a result of the articles 6 and 10 of the London and Istanbul conferences on Somalia.

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