April 15th Africa President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed announced today a committee of seven members that will lead the negotiation process with Somaliland administration to advance the consolidation talks as envisaged in the London Conference on Somalia in last February.
The announcement was an important milestone that indicates the government’s commitment to implement the outcome of that conference. The President stated that the committee is going to be led by the Minister of Interior and National Security, Mr. Abdisamad Ma’alin Mohamud, as they are going to engage with the Somaliland committee that was recently appointed by Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud, “Silanyo”,who is the leader of Somaliland.
The committees are scheduled to meet in London though the date was not confirmed. The formation of these committees will bolster efforts to hold direct negotiations to address issues of national importance that will improve conditions of the Somali people.
Before his departure to Addis Ababa for an African Union heads of states meeting, President Ahmed expressed his confidence that the negotiation is the way forward and will bring about breakthroughs.
On April 9, the President made it clear that part of the Transitional Government mandate was “to open a negotiation channel with our brethren in Somaliland” in which he said the efforts to implement that was underway.
Speaking to a crowd at an event in Warta Nabadda district, formerly known as Wardhigley- the President added, “...we hope that differences will be addressed when parties come together on the table.”