22 June 2012

Somalia: Somali-Somaliland Talks Wraps Up With Agreeing to an Eight-Point Plan

Photo: Stuart Price/UN
The Somaliland-Somalia meeting was an issue agreed on at the London conference earlier this year.

London — Technical committees from Somaliland and Somalia who met on Thursday in Chevening House in Kent, on the outskirts of London,UK capital, have agreed to an 8-point plan including future talks.

The talks which went for two intense days at Chevening House, both parties concluded with positive outcome, mainly to establish a framework for future substantive talks between Somali and Somaliland presidents Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and .

Both sides have sent a team of five members who ratified to an 8-point plan during their first face-to-face dialogue in 21 years with observers from the hosting and co-hosting European Union,Norwayand the British government.

Here's a summary of Chevening Declaration:

•Agreed that the talks would take place between two sides - the TFG (or its replacement) and Somaliland, in accordance with paragraph 6 of the London Conference Communiqué and paragraph 10 of the Istanbul II Conference Communiqué;

•Noted the need to adopt a common approach to avoid anything that would undermine the continuation of the talks as defined above;

•Committed to the continuation of the talks and called on the two presidents to meet to review progress as soon as possible;

• Called on the international community to continue to facilitate the talks, including providing the two sides with external experts on legal, economic and security matters;

•Agreed to share experience on working more effectively with the international community on the use of development and humanitarian assistance for the people of both sides and called for the international community to increase that assistance;

•Agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, extremism and serious crimes;

•Agreed to cooperate in the fight against piracy at sea and on land, maritime crime, illegal fishing and toxic dumping; and

•Reiterated their support for ending the Transition in Somalia.

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