Col. Axmed Maxamed Aadan (aka Dalbac) Somalia: 250 troops defect Tribal enclave Secessionist Somaliland army,their main explanation 'clan massacres' committed by enclave army against innocent civilians.
Somaliland is regarded as a part and parcel of Somalia, but it has formed institutions, security forces and held two successful elections in parts of what was known as Ex-British Somaliland. Those achievements and the argument that Ex-British Somaliland and Ex-Italian Somaliland were two states before union in 1960 are the basis for Somaliland government’s quest for recognition as a republic. In Hargeisa there is a debate about the need to talk to Mogadishu about secession. Political advisors and lobbyists for Somaliland government advised president Silanyo to choose a path of secession similar to that of Southern Sudan and Eritrea: talking with your partners (unionist) is the best alternative to the unilateral secession and recognition Somaliland is searching, he was advised.
This week Somaliland forces, made up of clan militias belonging to the clan for which Somali National Movement had been formed in 1981, clashed with SSC pro-union supporters. Somaliland calls its forces a “national army” but Silaanyo will liable for human rights violations on the scale of war crimes if his forces attack any part of what it regards as Somaliland as long as the international community supports the territorial integrity of Somalia. Successive Mogadishu-based transitional administrations have never sanctioned attack on Somaliland, why is Somaliland administration pretending it is enforcing its laws when its forces attack districts and regions with population supporting the Somali unity? Does Somaliland think secession is only possible through the barrel of gun? When Sool, Sanaag and Cayn leadership and its supporters say “we are in favour of Somali unity” they are expressing a political view just like Somaliland supporters when they say “we are in favour of secession.”
Ahmed Abdi "Habsade",
The international community has an obligation to rein on Somaliland president. Lessons from southern Somalia are instructive here. Islamist groups emerged after warlords and politicians in the south failed to solve inter- clan differences peacefully. And that is why people in southern Somalia are wary of trusting politicians who failed them in the first place. Relying on politicians like Ahmed Abdi Habsade, current Somaliland Minister for Information, who hails from Las Anod and described the elders’ judgement on Kalshaale between two neighbouring clans as incendiary before being appointed a minister in president Silaanyo’s cabinet, is an exmaple of a bad choice showing that Somaliland president lacks conflict resolution skills of his predecessor. Nearly two months ago Somaliland sent contingents of its clan-based security forces to enforce the outcome of the elders’ judgement on clashes at Kalshaale. In an interview with BBC Somali Service this week, Somaliland minister of Information, Haabsade, contradicted himself by supporting Somaliland president’s decision to send armed groups to Kalshaale.Somaliland president has got to explain why his forces attacked peaceful districts. Are his forces fighting unionists? Is he defending Somaliland’s secessions? Answering these questions will mean the difference between choosing the path of a war criminal or the path of a peace-loving statesman with creative solutions to political challenges from a clanish society.
Liban Ahmad is the editor of Somalia Research Report and a frequent contributor to terror free somalia and wardheerNews.com . He be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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