it difficult to discern what is in the agenda of the two sides, yet let us try
to dig out and anticipate what could be in their agendas and you be the judge.
May be I am wrong and there is no agenda as the Somaliland Vice President is
not aware of any agenda of his government.
Mr. Somaliland and how are you today brother. We are glad that you have finally
realized that there is no other way other than talking to us. It is our problem
and we are the only people who can solve it. You went to almost every country
on earth to ask for separation but to no avail. Now you realized the buck stop
at Mogadishu and nowhere else. You learned the hard way. We waited for this
meeting for more than twenty years. Congratulations you have come to your
sense…better late than never.
you call me brother, because if you were my brother you wouldn’t have done what
you did to me.
What did I do to you? Frankly I have no idea
of what you are talking about. You never seize to amaze me. You are our
brothers and we love you and we will never do anything to hurt you. Is it by
design that you sent Godane, Afghani, Furur and the whole killer group to take
revenge from us? These killer machines have killed more innocent people in one
month than Siad Bare did in his life time and we are not accusing you of
killing us. Let us put the blame where it belongs.
know perfectly what you have done to us. To tell you the truth, we will never
forgive you for the crimes committed against our people. We will be stupid if are
bitten from the same hole twice.
the contrary we thought we committed crimes against our people not against you.
I hope you don’t mean crimes committed by Siyad Bare Regime are ours. He did
the same thing to us. But together we fought him and got rid of him. We had the
impression that we were fighting on the same side and we thought we deserve to
congratulate ourselves and work together so that we don’t ever face a similar
is true that we got rid of the terror with your supporting role. But it is us
who took the brunt of the war. The crimes committed in Somaliland were rightly
committed by your people even if it was not you directly. You have to be
courageous and accept the responsibility of all the acts of genocide committed
by what used to be Somalia. I don’t want to be hurt again.
are extremely sorry about what the Siyad Regime did to you. But what surprises
me is the way you single out yourself with all the atrocities of Siad Regime. I
don’t believe in collective punishment too. We must be strong and forget about
what happened and let us together build a better future for our kids so that
they don’t suffer as much as we did. Let us make a strong foundation for a
better tomorrow. We have wasted 21 precious years. We need each other. We are
one nation under One God.
you are honest about that, let us part our ways and support one another. We
will be the best of friends if you do that. Remember my friends we were two
different countries before we were united. We had two different colonial
systems incongruent to one other. So we were one country with two different
systems. We overwhelmingly rejected the referendum of the constitution in 1961.
We were ruled by a constitution we rejected. That could only mean the union has
never legally taken place.
are tired of your being a British colony. Somalis had no boundary before we
were divided and colonized by foreign powers against our wishes. Your best
excuse for secession is based on an arbitrary boundary made by the hideous
colonizers. For heaven’s sake stop eulogizing the British. Let bygones be
bygones and let us talk about something more substantive than that today, let
us be just Somalis without being British for a change. Even the British you
adore so much refused to recognize you because when they left, they left
Somalia behind not Somaliland. The British themselves wiped the word Somaliland
from the face of the earth.
is not much to talk about today. We came only to improve our relationship. We
are two neighboring brotherly countries. You may think we came here to secede
from you, but we did that 21 years ago. Secession is a fait accompli and is not
open to discussion. In fact secession is a misnomer; there was no government to
secede from then. Independence bounced back to us like a boomerang and we will
never let it go again.
is a big relief for me my friend. We
assure you most emphatically that we are on the verge of putting our act
together with the help of well wishers and as soon as that is done, our
relationship will automatically improve then. You must do your part though. Of
late we heard that you are sliding into some sort of anarchy while in contrast we
are fast improving. A military Court in Hargeisa has found 17 civilians guilty
and sentenced them to death in less than 24 hours. Civilians, Military Court
and one day death sentences, smell more than Gelle’s kangaroo Courts in Siad
Bare times. Your democracy may be prematurely aging and that could be the
beginning of the end. If you were better than us, it may not be for long. We
know what anarchy means and we will support you and will not despise you, as
you did. We believe what is good for you is good for us.
you able to undertaken any serious discussion about the fate of our two
neighboring countries? We are aware that your government will not last more
than two months.
are the government for now and whatever we decide will be binding on the future
Somali government. But are you sure you represent or speak for all the people of
Somaliland. We hear opposition and dissatisfaction all over Somaliland about
your meeting with us. If you are a democracy, as you say, I am sure you will be
worried about that. On the other hand, if you idolize secession, like tribes,
it will be open ended. It will not stop anywhere. Secession here and there on
continual basis and you have no moral standing to oppose one over the other. So
if I were you, I will not open a Pandora box; you never know what will come out
of it. You complain that your elder statesmen made a mistake in 1960. That is
an insult to the wisdom of those who fought for your independence and unity. By
definition unity is not a mistake, secession and separation are.
you worry about that, we are a democracy and in a democracy there is always
dissent and dissatisfaction. It is part and parcel of the whole package of the democracy
we have chosen. As far as the so called Pandora box is concerned, we opened it
only once and we collectively closed it. From your question, however I
understand that democracy is an alien concept to you. But we lived it for the last
twenty years. This is one more reason why we are different and should call it quits.
beg to differ with you on this. We are here to capitalize on our commonalities
not to dwell upon our differences. It is about time we set the record straight,
if you don’t like us, it is up-to you, but you will not get our support then.
You will be on your own. I have the feeling that you have missed a lot of
golden opportunities before. Don’t you
miss this last opportunity too; it will be catastrophic on your future. I
honestly believe we should come to some sort of an agreement before a new
democratically elected government is in place, for a democracy cannot afford to
sit with secessionists. So it is now or never.
tell you the truth we like to deal with a democratically elected government who
has its people’s mandate than a group of individuals who will not last more
than two months. Precisely that is why we waited for 21 years, because we
couldn’t know who to talk to.
is where you go wrong again. Somalia had a President at all times, weak one though
and it was easier for you to deal with a weak president than a strong
democratically elected President. I am sure you will rue it, if you don’t deal
with us now. After two months the curtain will be closed on secession. This is the
overtime. Let us decide now before it is too late on a loose federation where you manage all your business in your own
is your agenda for this meeting anyway? Your Vice President says he has no idea
about your agenda. He adds, “They (committee) will decide something there”.
That means, as a government you have never prepared a national agenda and you
have a blank cheque with you; don’t you waste it then. We are convinced that
Silanyo’s government has changed course for the better and we are responding to
that with great anticipation. Silanyo has spent the better part of his adult life
in Mogadishu unlike his predecessor who has not even seen Mogadishu. So my
friends, welcome to the club again we are sure, united we will stand, divided
we will continue to fall.
have seen unity, but all we saw was death, destruction and more than 40 years
of retardation. Now we know better than emotional nationalism, unity and the
like. So my friends let us go to business. The first order of business will be
respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our respective
governments. Consider Khatumo, Awdal and the like as internal Somaliland
problems. This should be the essence of our deliberation here in this eventful
your horses my friends; let us put our feet on the ground. You have not seceded
when you are in the TFG as much as I am. When you are in the Federal Parliament
as much as I am; When the Head of Judiciary is from Somaliland. Even in this
delegation of ours we have a Somalilander and above all you travel with Somalia
passport. If those said people were working with an alien State you should have
at least taken away their citizenship from them. Now your best pet is to say we
want to secede; not we have already seceded. No government with its right mind
have the authority to issue an order of secession, but it can with the help of
the legislator order a plebiscite to be taken to test the wishes of the whole
or part of its country. My friends, you say something and you do something
else. Are we all confused; you said you were better.