22 January 2011

Somalia: Puntland Imposes a Ban On TFG Officials From Its Regions

Garowe — After a especial meeting held by Puntlad's cabinet ministers in Garowe town, the capital of Puntalan, the authorities have banned all TFG officials from reaching and landing in the regions under Puntland administration.

No statements about Puntland declaration were immediately available from Somali government, which is led by former rebel Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

The decision, which Puntland had reached today, is said to be a clear sign of the deteriorating ties between Somali government and Puntland.

Last week, Somalia's semi-autonomous state of Puntland, the administration announced it had suspended all cooperation with the transitional federal government (TFG) of Somalia.

Puntland indicated that there are many unfulfilled promises and direct roadblocks to its internal wishes and aspirations from the Somali government side.

In a press conference in Garowe, Da'ud Mohammed Omar, Puntland's minister of planning and international relations, said that a communiqué issued after the meeting announced that the 'unanimously agreed [to] suspending all relations and cooperation with [the] transitional government."

He said Puntland had called on the international community not to recognize Somalia's transitional government as a representative for Puntland, adding that the authorities thanked world nations for helping Somalia since 1991 when former dictator Mohammed Si'ad Barre was ousted from the country.

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