Muqdisho — Chair of the People Party of Somalia and candidate of president for Somalia, Dr. Said Issa Mohamud is sending a message of congratulation to the Somali people everywhere in the world, commemorating the celebration of 52nd anniversary of Somali Independence Day, July 1st.
Dr. Said welcomed the brotherly dialogue between Somaliland and Somalia. He believes that this initiative will start the doors of collaboration wide open and uplift the roadblocks in the road between Hargeisa and Mogadishu. There is no doubt that Somaliland could try to seek its independence without losing ties with Mogadishu.
Somaliland leaders tried their best to leave alone to Mogadishu administrations. They never bothered to interfere the messes at southern backyards. Honestly Somaliland is hoping south for their best wishes and to recover south from its bloody civil war. Mogadishu remained cold hearted by the secession of Hargeisa and feel abandoned by its sibling. Its only left alternative is to be silent and wait a suitable opportunity to regain a consensus for the best of both parties.
The People of Mogadishu were not those who were behind the strategy of casting North out of the political arena in 1960. They were not either those who made decisions to commit atrocities in the north during military dictatorial regime in 1980â-'s . And now they are not those who are sabotaging by any means the success of Somaliland.
The progress made by Somaliland was slowed down by antagonistic attitude of neighboring countries. Those countries are striving to have a dominant strategy in the Horn of Africa and want realizing their dream of establishing client states in the region. Whichever opposes their ideal expectations will encounter serious threats to their territorial integrity. For instance the creation of many clan-based tiny states in the north are client states of the neighboring countries and their main aim is to be a collective, destructive force against Somaliland.
Somaliland is not alone for this repressive neighboring attitude. Mogadishu was a victim of such antagonistic efforts for the past 21 years, but the public resisted not to bend for their pressure. Fortunately, after costly sacrifices, the pressure is deeming and at last Mogadishu become free of their coercion. Warlords, armed clerics, and clan militiamen are all fabrications of the neighboring countries. The result is that in the south you might see some regions that prefer to seek help in Addis or Nairobi rather than conciliating or consulting to Mogadishu.
In 1960, leaders from Mogadishu gave delegates from north an opportunity to reflect their decisions of uniting with south. The goodwill of the people in north created a voluntary union and the birth of the Somali nation. Afterward north risked to lost completely the ownership of its native land during military incursions of military, tyranny regime. The regime decided to replace native people in the north with its allied clan militiamen and gave the ownership of their land and property to its clansmen.
A big mistake is that Somaliland believes that the whole south is the same and insensitive to their cause. Even though there is no sympathy for the secession in the north, there is always a big chance from the south to come to a better consensus for both parties. A second chance of reflection for Somaliland is a possible option in the coming future.
Somaliland should understand that the road of their recognition is to Mogadishu and Addis is not a means to achieve its positive end. Mogadishu is very concerned about the volatile conditions in the north. If the relation between Hargeisa and Mogadishu goes well, then Mogadishu will benefit restoring its political balance, while Hargeisa will enjoy getting big alliance and support from Mogadishu. And that might result a referendum in support of Somaliland.
The meeting of both sides in London on June 20th paved the way to a communicative channel between Hargeisa and Mogadishu. This initiative is a good start of a positive dialogue between the two sides. In Mogadishu, people are very excited about starting political connections between Hargeisa and Mogadishu. The enthusiastic approach and strong support from the people at Mogadishu are encouraging a new beginning of realistic relationship between Hargeisa and Mogadishu.
The rightful road to Mogadishu is not without obstacles. There are very few autonomous regions that are trying to hinder any progress in this direction. With the help of foreign interests, the head of those regions are dedicated to derail the process or to delay it. It is no wonder that they might try building clan coalitions to wage disruptive wars and create disputes of territorial ownership among cohesive people in the north.
The Solution between south and north is in Hargeisa and Mogadishu. It is noteworthy that the heads of both sides need to visit the capital cities of Hargeisa and Mogadishu. This will speed up a comprehensive dialogue between the two administrations and create a spirit of reciprocal collaboration between the two people.