The breakaway region of Somaliland said it has no plans to discuss unity with Somalia, appearing to contradict Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who said he would act as a unification mediator between the two governments.
Somaliland’s government declared autonomy from Somalia in 1991, but has not gained widespread international recognition for independence.
Somaliland’s government, in a statement on Sunday said “Any dialogue that transpires between Somaliland and Somalia will not discuss unification, but rather how the two previously united countries can move forward separately,”
Some clan elders in disputed areas along Somaliland’s border with Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland state say they want to be part of Puntland rather than Somaliland.
The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni in a statement after meeting Jama Musse Jama, a special envoy for Somaliland, said “Somalia and Somaliland should do away with politics of identity if they want prosperity for their country”.
Museveni’s deputy press secretary said Uganda’s state house had no comment on Somaliland’s statement.
Somalia’s information and interior ministers did not immediately respond to requests for comment, though Somalia’s position has consistently been that it considers Somaliland part of Somalia and wants unification.