SOMALILAND, IGAD AND UN DISAGREED ON DEMILITARIZATION OF TUKARAQ

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A joint delegation from IGAD and the United Nations has met today with members of Somaliland Parliament representing Sool, Sanaag and Buhotleh [SSB] regions and cabinet ministers led by the Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Mr Bashe Mohamed Fareh.

The two sides convened a closed meeting at the Conference Hall of the House of the elders in Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland.

At the conclusion of the meeting, IGAD officer speaking on behalf of the delegation and the Speaker of the Somaliland House of Representatives told the media that the two parties agreed on four points. “UN delegation coming to discuss resolution of conflict in Tukaraq based on four Principles” said Mr. Mohamed Guryo, the IGAD officer and, hesitantly, with the apparent help of a UN officer, added a fifth point concerning “demilitarization”.

“Cessation of hostilities, humanitarian access to the displaced people, commencement of dialogue, release of prisoners of war on both sides, demilitarization of the area” he added.

It is not yet confirmed when, where and how the two warring sides, Puntland and Somaliland, will start the dialogue but Bashe has affirmed at the press conference that “Somaliland will talk with the Federal Government of Somalia [about the issue of Tukaraq]”.

Neither the delegation spokesman nor the Speaker of Somaliland’s Parliament has asserted how the the key issue of “demilitarization of the zone – Tukaraq area” will be realized.

Furthermore, source close to the meeting told us that the two parties disagreed on the issue of demilitarization of Tukaraq.

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