Somalia: Clan wars, British tax money and Somaliland's aggressions [Editorial]
Delegation from UK led by Britain's senior representative for Somalia, Matt Baugh visited Garowe, the capital city of Puntland, a semi-autonomous state of Somalia on Tuesday, Radio Garowe reports.
Baugh and his delegation met Puntland’s President Abdirahman Mohamed (Farole) and members of his ministers. Sources told Garowe Online that they discussed the worsening conflict between Puntland and Somaliland, a break-away republic in northern Somalia.
Baugh visited Puntland marine forces base in Garowe, who were distributing water and food aid to the people affected by the pre-longed droughts in the areas under Puntland authority. He congratulated to their humanitarian aid efforts.
Meanwhile the delegation including British Government officials and top security officers had dinner with Puntland president and his deputy Abdisamad Ali Shire and clan elders from Sool, Sanaag and Cayn regions in Puntland state of Somalia.
The elders handed a letter to the delegation and appealed them to make sure Somaliland troops to leave Laascaanood city. They said that they are the real traditional elders from Sool, Sanaag and Cayn regions and they are opposed Somaliland forces to stay and control Laascaanood city.
They accused Somaliland forces the use the humanitarian aid from Britain against the people from their regions and appealed to Britain to take care of what they give as humanitarian aid to Somaliland, a break-away republic in northern Somalia.
Britain's senior representative for Somalia, Matt Baugh said that his government doesn’t request to lift army embargo from Somaliland.