By Goth Mohamed Goth

Members of An ad-hoc technical committee, composed of four members with two from Somaliland and other two from Somalia and their supervisors  the two  aviation ministers have failed to reach an agreement on the proposed joint air control management after a weeklong talks in Ankara, Turkey this was revealed by Somaliland Civil Aviation Minister Hon Mahmoud Hashi Abdi upon his return to the country yesterday.

Somaliland Minister of Civil Aviation in a short press briefing said, “Somalia has failed to comply with the framework agreement reached in Chevening, Dubai, Ankara, and Istanbul I, delegations from the Federal Government of Somalia and the Government of Somaliland met in Istanbul between 16 and 19 January 2014 with the assistance of the Turkish Government.

“Our Previous agreement was for the so called Mogadishu center which is now located in Nairobi and tasked with controlling the outer space of Somaliland and Somalia will be relocated to Hargeisa and the federal government will have the privilege to appoint who heads the joint committee with controlling of the airspace and airports but this was not the case with the SFG officials,” he said.

 On 18 January 2014, the Government of Somaliland and the Federal Government of Somalia signed a joint communique during talks in Istanbul, hosted by the Turkish government.

In the communique, the parties agreed to nominate an Air Traffic Control Board, which will be established within 45 days. An ad-hoc technical committee, composed of four members (two from Somaliland and two from Somalia) will prepare the terms of reference of the Air Traffic control board.

• This is a dialogue process between the Government of Somaliland and the Federal Government of Somalia to reach agreement on future relations .The parties are committed to continuing their dialogue in a spirit of mutual respect.

• On 1 January 2014 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) relinquished control of Somaliland and Somalia’s airspace. ICAO has managed the air traffic control since 1991.

The latest Communiqué of the Technical committee Meeting

Meeting of the technical committees from both Somaliland and Somalia regarding the terms of reference (TOR) of the board of the management, held in Istanbul, Turkey which began on the   31/3/2014 up to 4/4/2014

Agreed on the following three points-

1.       The Airspace to be returned to Somalis, latest by January 2015 and to be managed by a joint board.

2.       The difference regarding the two parties the terms of reference as to the function and the shape of the management board

3.       The respective parties would be in constant consulting with their superiors in Somalia and Somaliland in order to brief and update on the current issues of discussion and finally both Aviation Ministers should attend the next round of Somaliland /Somalia talks in order to find a lasting solution to the problems related to the management of the airspace




  1. ICAO relinquished airspace control to Somalia who in turn decided control is back to Mogadishu. Hargeisa is inhospitable to federal officials, one wonders why was that even considered in the first place. The country is still one so splitting air control is technically unworkable.

  2. Finally this shows Somaliland's emperor has no clothes. Siilaanyo's negotiations are going no where. He better resign.

  3. An Agreement is an agreement considering it has been signed in plain view of international witnesses.

    It does not matter whether Somalia-Italia governors deem it wise or not, they signed an agreement and if they lack the integrity to honor their agreements even when witnessed by international community then it is detrimental to their credibility.

    ??? What this shows is that the corrupt SELECTED individuals in Muuqdisho have no plan to ever honor any agreement.

    – They wish to prolong every step and create disunity over every agreement.

    Agreement: "To setup a joint-control body based in Hargeysa to control the airspace of Somaliland-Republic & Somalia-Italia-Federation."

    How can there be any ambiguity in that? Yet they find reason to introduce disharmony, the failure of Somaliland-Republic representatives is expecting fair-play for criminals.

    1. Somaliland-Republic should prepare it's team and proposal for the project as thought it is a go.
    2. If Somalia-Italia-federation fails to prepare by the transfer date it is their problem.

    There should be penalties and consequences in all future agreements… example… where Somalia-Italia fails to meet their agreements they must be forced to agree to forfeit.

    3. There should be absolutely ZERO further agreements signed or concerns raised or discussed… Hammer one point into them at a time.