Cardiff becomes only second UK council to recognise the Republic of Somaliland (Wales Online)

Cardiff becomes only second UK council to recognise the Republic of Somaliland

Cardiff becomes only second UK council to recognise the Republic of Somaliland

Members of the Somaliland community before the Cardiff council meeting

Cardiff has become the second local authority in the UK to recognise the Republic of Somaliland.

The council approved a motion to endorse recognition of Somaliland during a meeting at City Hall, following in the footsteps of Sheffield council.

While the motion did get cross-party support and passed with 45 votes in favour, members of the Independent group left the council chamber, saying they did not believe they had enough information to support it.

Members of the Somaliland community celebrated outside City Hall dancing and cheering after the vote was passed.

The motion, proposed by Labour councillor Lynda Thorne, called on the council to represent concerns of the city’s vast Somaliland community at Welsh and UK government and Commonwealth level.

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It said Somaliland communities have lived here since the 1850s and play a huge part in the life of the city.

“Many Somaliland citizens remain concerned about the international status of Somaliland and are asking the Cardiff Council in its civic role as the capital city of Wales and as part of its duties under the Equalities Act and as gesture of friendship to this Cardiff community to represent their concerns to the Commonwealth, UK and Welsh Governments.

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“As such this Council resolves to endorse the recognition of the Republic of Somaliland, which has now operated peacefully with democratic elections for nearly 25 years as an independent republic.

“We respect the UN concept that recognition should start with the Regional Government body but notes that the African Union has for many years failed to act on its own report recommending recognition.

“We therefore call on the UK and Welsh Governments to recognise Somaliland as a sovereign state and in the meantime resolve to fully acknowledge the ties of friendship with Somaliland.”

Liberal Democrat councillor Judith Woodman offered her support.

Cardiff's Liberal Democrat leader Judith Woodman
Cardiff’s Liberal Democrat leader Judith Woodman

She said: “I know the Somaliland community very well having worked with them for a number of years. I know how much they care for their community and want this motion to be passed.

“I will be supporting this motion today because I know the level of feeling of the majority of the Somaliland community.”

Labour councillor Ashley Govier also backed the motion. “I don’t profess to understand all the issues this country faces. I support this motion because I believe in peace, equality and fairness.”

City’s Somaliland community welcomes vote

A statement from the Independent group read: “The Independent Group have decided to leave the Chamber when the motion is debated.

“The Group Leader wrote to the proposer and seconder of the motion asking for them to withdraw the motion, and produce a report which members could consider outlining all the issues. Unfortunately this was not accepted.

“We understand today that supporters of the Notice of Motion have an opportunity to speak to councillors from 3pm, but we haven’t been advised if the same courtesy has been extended to people who have concerns about the Motion.

“Members have received representations from a number of members of the Somali community in Cardiff with very differing views.

“This motion shouldn’t be on the order paper today as it is not in the council’s remit. A number of members will be raising this through the usual channel arrangements to discuss any future similar motions of the same vain.”

Spokesman Ali Abdi, Member of Wales Somaliland Recognition Taskforce, said the Somaliland community were delighted with the result. “Today’s vote means a huge lot to the Somaliland community in Cardiff and those living back in Somaliland.

“For over 100 years Somalilanders have contributed to Welsh Society and today’s endorsement by Cardiff council to recognise Somaliland will help our international efforts to convince other nations and councils to do as Cardiff Council has done today,” he said.

waryaha caanka ah ee Yoonis Cali Nuur oo warka tv qaranka Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland akhrinya 25 marsh 2015

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Somaliland is Bullied out of its UN Membership (Ahmed Abdi Da’ar Director Somaliland Peace and Development Consultancy)

Somaliland is Bullied out of its UN Membership

Somaliland is Bullied out of its UN Membership

We Request the Government of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Take the Credit of Re-affirming the UN Membership of the Republic of Somaliland

(An open letter to Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. David Cameroon)
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

With all due respect, Sir, we request the Government of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which you head, to vouch for the Republic of Somaliland, Somaliland for short, as a missing United Nations member state to be admitted back in as no one couldn’t be better informed on that matter than the British Government and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) of which the UK IS also a Permanent member.

We appeal to the Government of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the UNSC to change course; Let the Republic of Somaliland sit on its rightful seat in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) among the nations of the world to represent its people in the august chamber.

We appeal in particular to the Government of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the II, which you head, to get the credit of being the first to concede and to re-affirm the UN membership of the Republic of Somaliland, the Ex- Somaliland British Protectorate.

Presently, Somalilanders, the survivors of the heavy-handedness of Somalia, are the only people in the world who are represented in the United Nations by their arch enemy, Somalia.

Not even the Palestinians are doomed to such a predicament. It is intolerably many times even more insulting than adding insult to the injury.

Mr. Prime Minister, we are certain that you will agree with us that the Republic of Somaliland had already gotten its (1) full sovereignty, (2) self determination, (3) recognized independence and (4) UN membership like any other Ex-colonies which enjoy the above rights sitting on their UN seats while Somaliland is categorically denied to enjoy all of the above..

The Goebbels-scale propaganda that Somaliland lacks recognition and should fight for it, has thankfully consolidated a strong desire on the part of Somalilanders to salvage their country from going down the drain with Somalia, but needs to be reversed after long last with the assistance of the royal grace of the British Crown/Government.

Somaliland need not win again what it already has gotten. Somaliland does not lack recognition, it already has got it.

The onus is on the United Nations Security Council and its Secretariat to prove, if they could, that the Republic of Somaliland lacks recognition and is not a missing UNGA member.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the II has returned full sovereignty over Somaliland in 1960 to the Somali clans who had in the 19th century entered with the British crown treaties of protection by a royal decree and in good faith. Then the Harold Macmillan government of the period extended recognized independence to the Sovereign State of Somaliland. The then British government was also one of the UNSC Permanent 5 members (P5) which had witnessed Somaliland’s ascension to UN membership on 20th September 1960 as a constituent component of the [quasi-United] Somali Republic together with Somalia.

All and any subsequent UK governments are obliged to go by the former decisions of the Government of Her Majesty the Queen on Somaliland as indicated above..

After a long story spanning half a century, Somalilanders have not enjoyed representing themselves alone in the UN even for a single day due mainly to their self-inflicted demotion of their Sovereign Somaliland state as a part of an illegitimate union with Ex-Italian Somalia against the good counsel of many local wise folk and caring international traditional friends.
After long last and with lots of bruises, however, Somalilanders reclaimed gallantly their separate sovereign state, which didn’t need permission from Somalia to leave the union, on 18 May 1991 as the Republic of Somaliland consistent with international law, before the imposition of Chapter VII of the UN Charter on Somalia as a failed state.

An absentee but healthy UN member state described as a beacon of hope and as a rare democratic experiment need not be included by the UNSC as part of a failed state. A whole UN member state cannot simply be reduced to and counted as a region of another county by the UNSC. The UNSC Should be the first to protect the legality and existence of member states, including Somaliland, not to be included in failed states and not to be kept outside. The UNSC should not tolerate to see the people of Somaliland represented in the UN by another antagonistic member state, the failed state of Somalia,

A country which is not kind to its own children, won’t be any kinder than before to Somalilanders who had survived its genocide attempt on them.

The formerly un-ratified union between Somaliland and Somalia is legally dissolved and the failed state of Somalia should not be sitting in the UN representing, not only its self, but also the totally different, sound and peaceful absentee member state of the Republic of Somaliland..
It should be discontinued that Somalilanders are represented in the UN by the same Somalia which they had fought out from at a high cost.

It does not reflect well on the UNSC that a whole member state, the Republic of Somaliland, whose rights the UNSC is supposed to protect in the UN and its people, are represented there in the name of an already dissolved, non-existent union called ‘Somalia’ under which Somaliland is tucked. Somaliland has unilaterally, and legally so, abandoned its union with Somalia.

Somalia should be representing itself only in the UN. Who should be representing Somalilanders in the UN, their own government or Somalia which all the world knows Somaliland had legally rejected to be in union with?
Somalilanders should be represented in the UN and in other international organizations by none other than their own government.

You realize, sir that Somaliland declined, too, to participate in the process of formation of a federal state for ‘Somalia’.
Somaliland is not and does not want to be in federation with Somalia.
Somaliland stood clear on its own and was so for the last 24 years, totally divorced from Somalia and the last thing in the world its people would agree to is to reduce their wholesome independent country to be made what some others call ‘an autonomous region’ of Somalia.

Wouldn’t maintaining Somaliland forcibly in union with Somalia in the UN amount to bullying it back to a union its own people had chosen not to be part of since nearly quarter of a century ago?

The UN which is supposed to be neutral and impartial between member states has admitted back in Somalia, without telling it to get re-recognition from the African Union (AU) The same UN tells Somaliland, which is not a region seceding from Somalia, but an already existing UN Member state, to get re-recognition from the AU

It must be inadmissible under UN rules and regulations that a member state which had withdrawn from a union with another in exact consistence
with international law be kept away from the UN by others who have no more right to be UN members than it has.

Believe me, Sir, it has proven to be extremely tiring to be oriented to find what you already have got with you. Somaliland already got the recognition it is told to beg around. We reckon it is time to call the Republic of Somaliland by its legal name and to announce its UN membership without a vote as automatically as is required by law. It is not permissible in the UN that one or more member states slam the door on the face of another member state returning legally to its unoccupied seat.

I hope, Sir, you will agree with us that the Republic of Somaliland is no lesser UN member state under international law than any of the rest of the UN General Assembly and Security Council members, including the P5.

Somaliland is only a missing UN member state and should be allowed to sit on its unoccupied UN seat.

The application of the late president of the Republic of Somaliland, Hon. Mohamed I. Egal to the former UN Secretary General, Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghalli to simply re-activate the former recognized Somaliland membership in the UN remains practically unanswered to date as Somaliland is not still re-admitted automatically to sit on its UN seat

As nothing is ever late, we are glad to send you this request as an open letter to your Excellency so that Her Majesty’s government becomes the first to concede and to re-affirm the UN membership of the Republic of Somaliland, which feels to be bullied out of its UN membership. The African Union (AU) will then remember that Somaliland was among its 32 sovereign countries which had founded it as the Organization of African Union (OAU) in 1963 and will then let it in,too, in the AU.

Sir, we are very hopeful of your Excellency’s favorable reaction to this request to vouch for the Republic of Somaliland in the United Nations to help it.sit on its seat among the nations of the world in the august chamber, the UN General Assembly.

Thank you,

Ahmed Abdi Da’ar ahmed.daar@gmail.com
Director Somaliland Peace and Development Consultancy, registered in London, UK
(Head of All Somaliland United Nations Membership Movement (ASLUNMM) program under formation)
25 March 2015, London, UK.

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