Application for Membership in African Union
UNPO, 02 Feb. 2006=
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia- Republic of Somaliland, which has
been seeking recognition from the international community as
in independent country for years, has finally put forth an
application to be a member of the African Union (AU).
To that effect, their application, along with a formal
fact finding mission report which was undertaken by the AU
last year, was read during the 6th summit of the African
Union in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum this week.
It is to be recalled that the African Union had sent out
a fact-finding mission headed by its deputy chairperson last
May, 2005. The mission had drawn a report which was supposed
to be presented in the summit in Sirte, Libya, but
apparently was referred to the Khartoum summit.
Inside sources disclosed that the issue of Somaliland
recognition calls for further deliberations and
considerations over the matter. Sources also told SSI that
some countries were in favour of recognizing an independent
Somaliland while others had called for more deliberations.
This is an extremely important step for the recognition
of Somaliland, says the Minister of Information of
Somaliland, Mr. Abdullahi Duale.
“I think that the AU has a moral obligation to include
Somaliland,” Duale said. “And I think they will follow
it. The ball is definitely starting to roll.”
Meanwhile, the President of Somaliland Mr. Dahiir Rayaale
Kahin, returned back from a long tour from Germany and
Norway after undergoing a medical treatment and exploring
According to Mr. Abdullahi Duale, the president had a
very fruitful business trip, having had business meetings
with private sector and government bodies.
The Somaliland leadership is leaving no stone unturned in
its efforts for an independent nation. Somaliland has
demonstrated to many observers that it is capable of
democratic rule and effective conflict resolution. It is now
concentrating on attracting business investments.