Northern Somalia dismisses Museveni’s mediation proposals with Somalia

Northern Somalia Dismisses Museveni's Mediation Proposals With Somalia

Northern Somalia Rejects Mediation from Uganda’s President in Talks with Somalia

The separatist region of Northern Somalia has declined any negotiations with the Federal Republic of Somalia, in response to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s recent call for mediation between Hargeisa and Mogadishu.

In a statement released by Northern Somalia’s Foreign Affairs department, it was emphasized that the union with Somalia was based on “mutual trust” which has now been irreparably broken. Despite being internationally recognized as part of Somalia, Northern Somalia categorically rejected any discussions with Mogadishu.

The statement read, “The Northern Somalia Government asserts that any dialogue between Northern Somalia and Somalia will not address unification, but rather how the two formerly united countries can progress separately.” This latest development from Northern Somalia is likely to initiate a flurry of diplomatic activities.

During the weekend, Museveni, who hosted the Northern Somalia representative to Uganda, Jama Musse Jama, expressed his willingness to serve as a “peace facilitator” between the two sides, urging unity for the sake of prosperity. “The people face similar challenges regardless of race and religion; hence, they should prioritize politics of interest over politics of identity,” he posted on X platform following the meeting.

For the past thirty years, Northern Somalia has been striving for international recognition, but its efforts have been consistently rebuffed, with many nations maintaining that it is part of Somalia. While Mogadishu has been pushing for talks with Hargeisa, no significant progress has been made thus far.

On Sunday, a delegation from Northern Somalia, including Foreign Minister Essa Kayd and Commerce Minister Mohamoud Hassan Sa’ad, visited Djibouti. The delegation held discussions with President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has also been advocating for relations with Somalia.

Interestingly, their visit coincided with that of Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, both of whom were also in Djibouti. Austin’s visit to Africa marks his first, and he is expected to travel to Kenya, which represents Africa in the Security Council.