HARGEISA – (Sunatimes)- The leading tribal chief of Somalia's
breakaway state of Somaliland has welcomed plans for the region and the Federal
government to meet for direct talks, which seeks to reunify the country.
Prince Mohamed Prince Abdulqadir called for Somalis in the
north to rekindle the national unity shown during the transition from the
colonialism. He equally urged them to take part in broad and inclusive
platforms that can make their voices heard rather than running away.
"After 53 years since independence, we should finally request our
fair share. We should seek federal solution. Embassies should be moved to
Hargeisa and Mogadishu can serve as the country's main commercial center.
The north should get the Prime Minister. Time to make demands,"he said
during an interview with Ramaas News.
He advised the leader of the region, Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo,
to pave the way for negotiations between the north and south. He urged an end
to all hostilities and called for national reconciliation. He said after 53
years were wasted, it was the right time to form a national government based on
He added that Turkey is a friend of Somalia and he was
confident that it will create a conducive atmosphere for the two sides to
address a national unity process.
Turkey will host direct talks between the breakaway
Somaliland region and the Federal Somali government later next week in Ankara.
A delegation from Somaliland region is due to fly to Turkey as early as
Prince Mohamed Prince Abdulqadir is part of growing number
of senior tribal leaders from the north that are calling for national unity.
King Osman Burmadow and King Rabi Yusuf Abdullahi have all urged secessionist
groups to cease their hostilities and stop undermining the peace process. For
his role and activities, King Rabi was thrown behind bars last month after
forces loyal to the secessionist agenda abducted him.
King Burmadow was also arrested several times and grand
chief Prince Mohamed knows the separatist administration can not arrest every
Somaliland region declared
independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 but has since failed to win
international recognition. It remains known as a semi-autonomous region of