The new Somalia devoid constitution: A foetal in surrogate cloned to destabilise Somaliland but bound to miscarriage.
An Open Letter to his Excellency, Mr Bav tt, 8Aa888888888888888888888888888888888,,,,,,,,,n Ki- moon, the United Nations Secretary-General
From: Somaliland National Party
Date: 18th August 2012
Dear my honourable,
10pt" class=MsoNormal>I write to bring for your attention to our concern of the recently adopted Somaliaconstitution purported to be a panacea to the Somali conflict that has dragged on since the late dictator of Somalia, Siad Bare wasousted in 1991. Whilst Somali politician should have transformed the country into a functioning state, they transgressed the sovereignty by commissioning an act of instigating to transduce us into conflict within and among us. The new Somalia constitution, which places claim on our territorial integrity and along the perspective policies of current government are evil axis to destabilise Somaliland. Therefore, in my discourse to you, I would like to succinctly explain why you should stop the resource of the UN being used against. It is contrary to the UN primary objectives of which are to find permanent solution to the world conflicts. I would like you to revisit for minutes of your time Somalilands quest forrecognition at disheartened international community. In this letter I will further set out as to why we as an independent country should be recognised.
Responding to these issues, it is important to look into the historical perspective of Somalia and Somaliland to their statehood beyond the formation of the two states. It was in 1960 when most African stateswind of independence had swiped out across the continent coercing the Europeancolonializing power to adopt decolonisation process. Somaliland was one of those African countries along with Somalia thatbecame independent in that year. As Somaliland gained independence on the 26th June 1960, it was internationally recognised byfortysix states. Within days intoindependence, the Somaliland people forced their politician to unite them with the Somalia stateunconditionally. Somaliland in the year 1960, Somali nationalism was running strong;the popular public feeling succinctly explained theirdemand that so long as a single Somali speaking state, including Somali Ethiopia, the Somali in Kenya and Djibouti remained in the colonial rule their independence dreamwas inconclusive. The Somaliland politician succumbed to the popular demand of the people to unite all the Somali speaking in the horn Africa. The objective unification of the two states was to bring all Somali speaking people into a single statecalled Greater Somalia.But howdidthe two states get on with their reunion?
Within weeks of the unification of the two states that had createdtheSomali Republicstate, the relation between the twostrained. The honey money ran fast out of love steam. In reality, theoretical nationalism mismatched practicality. When the first ever Somali Republic government was formed, all posts gone to Somalia officials,including the president, the Prime Minster, and all key government ministerial position of defence, foreign and treasury went for Somalia officials. This had been compounded by theeconomic strangulation in which investment and development project were directed onlyto Somalia regions virtually condemning Somaliland a run-down region. In advertently, ithad deepened poverty and economic hardship in Somaliland society as they were short exchanged with the unification. The perception of the Somaliland people towards the driveto greater Somalia project hasbeen eclipsed by public outcry intertwined by remorse for throwing away their statehood. In addressing the grievance, the Somaliland armed forces within the Somali Republic army in the 1963 attempteda mutiny to forcefully take Somaliland out of theunion.Albeit the attempt had been unsuccessful, our people were remained steadfast to get out the union that got them into extreme poverty and economic hardship. This had been fuelled by the inability of the successful Somali governments to have the agency to resolve our grievance.
Eventually, this has led us to resorting to armed rebellion to regain our independence. Thisarmed rebellion was formed in 1981spearheaded by the Somali National movement with a mandate to drive out the Republic of Somalia armed forces from our country. Within twenty years, the SNM had accomplished this objective , however, victory didemanate at high cost in which all the major cities in Somaliland were levelled to ground and tenth of a thousand civilian population were killed.
Somalilandat the face of challenging economic and difficulties navigated away from storms ofturbulence ofinternal conflict through negotiation. Notwithstanding that we had our own hiccups of discontents within that have led the country into armedinter clan conflict; however, it hadbeen successfully resolved through localised conflict resolution.
In those rare circumstances that gotSomaliland intowars within, could not have happened had it not been cut and pasted upon us by our comrades Somalia. The current devoid constitution of the so called Somali Federal Constitution claims thatSomaliland is part of the Federal Somalia. With a mission of forcefully assimilating Somaliland back into the union, the inclusion of handpicked and unrepresented people of Somaliland decent into the Somalia parliamentarian was aimed at subverting us.
As our successive governments have produced the finest democracy in the developing world, reconstitution of the two states into a single state has foregone, as Somaliland over the past twenty years have changed beyond recognition and mistakes of 1960 were well learned. In delineating with a few examples, it has electeda president, elected local councillors and produced politically parties and not last but not least, it has held referendum on the union in which 97% of our people voted to remain as an independent state. The Ethiopian prime minster who weall wish him to get to get well soon was documented to have said that the democracy system Somaliland achieved is an example not only for Ethiopia but the whole of African countries.
In conclusion, Somalia should recognise the sovereign of Somaliland and desist into muddling of its internal affairs. It should also equally realise that the great Somalia dream is now dead as all the Somali speaking state, including Somali Ethiopians andSomali Kenyans arehappy with their union with their respective country. Further, Djibouti is a sovereign state that stated that it is not intrigued to pursue the greater Somalia dream. Therefore, Somalia should come to term that our sovereignty is non-negotiable and as such support the will of our people. Equally, the UN equally shouldensure that its resources not being used to destabilising our countryand to be proactively engaged to find a permanentsolution to the problems of the two countries that has dragged for so long. It is also important to note that Somalia has thrown out the new peace negotiation with us that was initiated by the British Prime Minster. Recently, the president of Somalia has publicly announced that unity of Somalia is indivisible. This isa derogatory term Somalia politician use against us to express their dislike towards the existence of Somaliland statehood and has led our government suspending the talks with Somalia.
Depressingly, twenty two years of culminations of improving human development and advancement of democratisation system inherited us to have produced a tenth of thousands of university graduates and school leavers. Regrettably, the international communitys failure to recognise Somaliland has confined generation of our youth to a lifelong unemployment and destitution. Albeit Somaliland is rich in natural resources, itscurrent international status has handicapped to get assistance from international institutions to fund development projects that could have created opportunities to fulfil their dreams.
Finally, we kindly requesting that you should consider now the case of the Somaliland that so long draggedbeingaccorded a priority case debated on the UNassembly. As pending the case of Somaliland indefinitely could get our names into the Guinness world records to becoming the first country to have a liability of peace and democracy. With production of highly educated youth, the UN must understand not to be complacent to let this youth exploit at its failure by extremists, risking their lives to the sea to get to Europe or being recruited into pirates. These are the stark reality face us and if you let us fail the international community could find difficulty to deal with the mess of its own creation. Our party has full confidence in you that under your watch you will resolve the Somaliland case within your term in office.
Thank you andI anticipate this letter to make its way to your desk to be a whistler below to the case of the Somaliland that could have been prevented getting to your attention, and kindly look forward to receiving your response.
Ahmed Abdi Isse, BSc (Hons), MSc in Social Science
Member of the Executive Committee