Somaliland’s government is urging the U.N. to appoint a separate envoy for Somaliland.

Hargiesa(’s foreign minister, Mr. Yasin Haji Mohamoud, has assured the international community that Somaliland is prepared to work fully with the UN.

However, he stressed that the U.N. needs to distinguish between Somaliland and Somalia.

Somaliland’s national needs and priorities are very different to Somalia’s.

Somaliland has governed itself in conditions of peace and stability for the last 27 years, whereas Somalia has yet to recover from more than two decades of civil war and much of its territory remains outside government control.

On the political side of things, Somalia still has a long way to go to have a credible electoral system, whereas Somaliland has held four multi-party one-man, one-vote elections with peaceful transfers of power.

For all these reasons, Somaliland’s foreign minister is urging the United Nations to consider appointing a separate envoy for Somaliland.

Somaliland believes that appointing a separate envoy for Somaliland will be more productive for both nations.

Earlier this week, Somaliland’s ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Basha Awil, accused Somalia of deliberately hindering the talks between Somaliland and Somalia.

Mr Basha said, “that the decision by the Somali government to expel the UN envoy is part of a scheme to frustrate the talks between Somaliland and Somalia”.

Ambassador Basha added that Somaliland is still committed to the efforts of the international community and the United Nations to resolve the impasse between Somaliland and Somalia.

In 2012 the international community agreed to support a Dialogue between Somaliland and Somalia, to clarify their future relationship

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