The final communiqué of the meeting noted - after much negotiation spearheaded by Mr. Giancarlo Scottà MEP, Vice-Chair of the Delegation - that the fight against piracy in East Africa had to recognise realities on the ground and drew particular attention to Somaliland and Puntland, although without specifically noting the success of Somaliland initiatives to combat piracy or the peaceful presidential elections held on 26 June 2010. Representatives nevertheless acknowledged a need to combat the root causes of piracy and expressed the need for ACP and EU states to act against companies and individuals from the EU and Asia fishing illegally or dumping toxic substances in the region. Delegates continued to note the need for state structures to be restored to Somali territory, albeit without reference to the ongoing democratisation process in Somaliland – a process that has won international commendation over recent months and where indicators of poverty, lack of development and political instability are markedly lower than in Somalia.So let me get this straight, Somaliland is a peaceful (relative to the Horn of Africa) democracy, that is effectively combatting piracy, and whose poverty rate and so on puts the rest of the regin to shame.
But nobody will recognise its right to exist. Come on Mr Hague, at least get the Commonwealth to invite representatives to the next CHOGM, even as observers. It is the very least you can do. Or are you so hobbled by the EU's foriegn policy that you cannot do anything to upset the Italians?
UKIP, who believe in the ability of people to uphold their own national soverignty support the people of Somaliland in their struggle for recognition.