Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire
Hargeisa- The government of Somaliland has accepted the call by the international community concerning the war between Somaliland and Puntland in Tukaraq town. The international community had issued a stern warning to the Puntland militia to stop the constant attack on Somaliland.
The minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation Mr.Sa’ad Ali Shire speaking to a local English daily newspaper the Horn Newspaper accused the Somalia sponsored Puntland administration for constant incursions into Somaliland territorial borders to initiate attack on Somaliland armed forces guarding her international borders.
Addressing the international community Dr.Sa’ad stated “I urge the community of nations to exert pressure on Puntland and her sponsor Somalia to stop the naked interferences on Somaliland internal affairs. I call on the international community to urge Somalia to intervene so that Somalia quits her constant attacks and propagations of anarchy in Sool region of Somaliland.”
Minister Sa’ad revealed that the people of Sool are thirsty and need development, hospitals, schools, jobs. Sool province is located in Somaliland and her people are Somalilanders.
“Somalia should disengage from fueling fire in Somaliland. I send my congratulations to Somaliland armed forces for the spirited fight to defend their people and country from the invading Somalia/Puntland militias. This is an army that day a night loses sleep to defend their country and sovereignty.
Speaking about the Tukaraq war Mr.Sa’ad “The war that has transpired is an insult to Somaliland because the country boundary is well known inherited from the British colonial masters. We did not create it. It was created by the British and the Italians; furthermore it is an international border just like the one Somalia has with Kenya and Ethiopia. “
In another development the minister of foreign affairs talked about the recent visit by the H.E president Musa Bihi Abdi in the western coastal plains regions of Somaliland that were hit by cyclone.
“We toured four towns they are as follows Asha-ado, Gargaar Bari,Lughaya and Sayla’a. The people we met told us many livestock died, many farms were destroyed and upto 31 people lost their lives as a result of the cyclone disaster. These people need emergency relief aid; they need water, food stuff and humanitarian assistance. They lost their livelihood and now live in destitution. I call on the local people who have resources to help their brothers who have been afflicted by the cyclone disaster. International and local humanitarian organizations should come to the peoples’ rescue.” Dr.Sa’ad said.
The foreign minister also revealed that the UAE sent two Chinook helicopters to reach the marooned people of the cyclone disaster. They distributed basic disaster relief aid to the western coastal plains. The government of Djibouti also helped with a aero plane that ferried the president of Somaliland H.E Musa Bihi Abdi to tour the affected region.