Imran Chohan

Imran Chohan

Somaliland tribune report

The government of Somaliland on Tuesday issued a statement confirming that it will not participate in High Level Partnership Forum in Istanbul. The forum which is the sixth of its kind kicked off in Istanbul on Tuesday.

The Somaliland government  pointed out in the statement that it will not be able to participate in the Istanbul forum for the same reasons it did not attend similar forums held in Brussels and Copenhagen.

The government, however, stated that it backs the Somali New Deal process.”Our lack of attendance at the conference should in no way be read as a reluctance to speak with and cooperate with Somalia on an equal basis regarding international aid and development issues,” said the statement adding that “Our decision also does not mean that we do not wish to continue our important direct engagement with the international community. On the contrary, Somaliland is extremely grateful for the international community’s support and friendship across a whole range of important issues and wishes to continue this engagement through various bi-lateral and multi-lateral mechanisms that include its own High Level Coordination Fora.”

According the Somaliland government, Somaliland and Somalia are at very different stages of development in social, political and security terms. Somaliland’s needs and priorities are fundamentally different to Somalia’s, read the statement.

The statement stressed that Somaliland will be celebrating 25 years as an independent country this year and that as a state it meets the full criteria for statehood. Furthermore, Somaliland has overcome a legacy of conflict and civil war, rebuilt its devastated economy, secured peace and stability within its borders, and established democratic governance in the interests of its people.