SA, Tanzania not ready to recognise Somaliland

2011-08-13 23:22

Pretoria - South Africa and Tanzania are not yet ready to recognise Somaliland and believe it should not be split off from Somalia, according to the foreign ministers of Tanzania and South Africa.

This emerged following bilateral talks between Tanzanian foreign affairs minister Bernard Membe and South Africa's international relations and co-operation minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria on Saturday.

Membe said that he would be meeting a delegation from Somaliland within the next two weeks, but would not comment on the details of the talks until they had happened.

Both Membe and Nkoana-Mashabane said they would prefer to see Somalia remain as a single country.

Nkoana-Mashabane said: "Somaliland at the moment in our memory is part of Somalia. We do not want to encourage the disintegration of countries. For now, in line with the AU, we are not in the business of not disbanding, dismantling and dismembering countries."

In May Somalia's breakaway Somaliland state celebrated 20 years since it split from the rest of Somalia.

To date no country has officially recognised the former British protectorate in the north of Somalia despite the fact that it has enjoyed relative stability unlike the rest of Somalia which has been plagued by famine and war.

Referring to Somalia, Membe said the growing threat of piracy was a concern.

He said that in the past year there had been 27 attacks by Somali pirates on ships destined for the country's main port of Dar es Salaam. The additional security required to protect shipping was pushing up the prices of consumer goods.

  • letsee - 2011-08-14 14:42

    South Africa has solutions for Syria, Lybia and whatever else but never delivers its desirable results. So, what's the solution for Somalia? I will stand by Malema's decision.

      jamal.madhgambi - 2011-08-14 16:54

      The Somali problem is much more deeper than all these countries you mention and if there is any country which is interested solving somalia's problem with i think there is not, should support and recognize the republic of Somaliland.

      abdirazak mussa hasa - 2011-08-14 18:16

      Dear Mr Bernard Membe and Miss Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, First of all it is my honor to Tanzanian foreign affairs minister Bernard Membe and South Africa's international relations and co-operation minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane As a somalian Diaspora living in the Netherlands and also from the north of Somalia i believe that Somalia is One Nation wich has one language,one religion,one country,one culture,one Constitution the reality is that most of somalians want to remain a single country even most people in the north are Anti-secessionists and want the unity of Somalia like Dervish state of Somalia and Awdal state of Somalia only small group who has personal gain want separate with their clan based politics to suppress to other clans as they did it already in Dervish state and Awdal state the Regions who rejected them. THank you for helping Somalia Faithfully A.M.Hassan The Netherlands,

  • Daahir - 2011-08-14 17:20

    I think somaliland deserves recognition becuase they have special borders, flag , currency , police, military, parliament, and all requirement that a nation may have on the other hand when you see people who live on the ground 100% they don't want to go back or make re union

  • SSC - 2011-08-14 20:09

    Thanks to foreign ministers for their wise decission towards Somali Republic. Solution of Somali problems is not a disintegration of the country, but help them out how to solve their problems and differences. As Africans, we should know that if we just start to disband Somalia, Many countries may seek the same because if we disintegrate a people who speak one langauge, one religion, one culture, what do you think about other counties in the continent who don't share with anything , but country. Somalia has already have enough problems,we should not add fuel to the fire. We should undersand that Somaliland is one clan project.Even the rest community of the north of Somalia does not agree secession idea.

      wireless - 2011-10-09 09:16

      with all the respect to your comment SCC and abdirazak mussa hasa. I think we need to educate ourself before comment anything online. First of all, AU does not recognize a country, it has to start with the UN then AU will support. Secondly, there must be a reason for country to split. Thirdly, Somaliland used to be a country by itself, they attained their independence from british. The other somalia gained its independence from Italia. The leadership from both side decided to unite the country. There was and still is historical difference, dialect and culture. Finally, the majority of somaliland people have decided to separate from Somalia, its there right to become that decision and not any other person.Read the Somaliland history. In this 2011, south sudan get their independence. Its a matter of time Somaliland will get recognized by international organization.Now, they have their independence,flag, boundaries and stable government with law and order.

  • ali01 - 2011-08-15 02:25

    what i would say africa had a colonial border this is the rule of africa. so somaliland had a colonial border we called the former british protectorate while the other part called former italian somaliland. tanzaniya and south africa should respect this rule sayin colonial border of africa. somaliland has a colonial border and i see this will increase the war of eastern africa. you talk about managin piracy and alshabaab war but believe me it will me a large war will be break out in eastern africa. we will not accept our nation is took over another nation called somalia.

  • Garyaqaan A - 2011-08-16 00:07

    First of all it is my honor to Tanzanian foreign affairs minister Bernard Membe and South Africa's international relations and co-operation minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane But really i don,t know we you said we are not ready yet to recognise Somaliland ,you have to know that we are not going back to United Somalia Again For ever,we are not ready again to loose 50,000 People again ,we are not ready to loos e again all Small iyo Big City in Somaliland which was happened 1988-1991.Somaliland people are very happy what they have and they don,t want loose again like 1960. F.Y.Mohamed . Lascanod,Somaliland

  • freedom.hassan - 2011-08-19 15:16

    No one can divide somalia,like it or not somalia will remain united. i totally agree with S.Africa Foreign minister. we shouldn't encourage divisions.

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