As it acknowledges need for peaceful dialogue on Las Anod issues
By M.A. Egge
The state has reiterated the fact that the territorial integrity of Somaliland was sacrosanct and should never be flouted or interfered with.
At the same time the state acknowledges the fact that peaceful dialogue was the best way forward to address Las Anod issue before it deteriorates further.
These and more were the focus of the 109th weekly session of the Council of Ministers of the Republic, which was chaired by the President H.E. Musa Bihi Abdi, who was flanked by his deputy H.E. Abdirahman Abdilahi Ismail (Saili’i).
Before the cabinet members delved into serious discussions, the first listened to reports in the itinerary as usual.
There was a general briefing on the country’s security from the Minister of the Interior Hon. Mohamed Kahin Ahmed.
The finance minister Hon. Sa’ad Ali Shire also gave briefs on the national economic situation.
After much delving into the Las Anod issues, the cabinet resolved on the following according to a Presidency circular;
- The council expressed its congratulations and support to the armed forces that are on standby hence defend their country day and night, protecting and safeguarding the security of their people and country.
- The Council declares that Puntland’s war in Las Anod is aimed at creating a tribal border, which may affect the stability and security of the Horn of Africa.
- The Council is aware that the Government of the Republic of Somaliland and its people of Las Anod would reconcile, since every time battle occur conciliations were made; but the Council emphasized the importance of cleansing Las Anod of the Puntland Army and the invading terrorist group fighters, so as to secure the borders of the country.
- The Council highlighted that the Republic of Somaliland is ready to resolve the Las Anod issue through peace, ceasefire and dialogue, before the losses exacerbates.
Finally, the council members were issued with drafts on the following issues that are next in the itinerary of their forthcoming meeting;-
- Draft Bill of the National Electoral Commission laws.
- Amendment proposals of the Vehicles and Road Use Traffic Regulations Act (Law No. 56/2023).