UK Government urged to recognise Somaliland

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THE UK Government was yesterday urged to recognise Somaliland, as Welsh campaigners descended on Westminster to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its separation from Somalia.

Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams MP said: “Somalis have long been part of the fabric of Welsh society, and, of course, Cardiff is particularly famous for its Somali community.

“It is always good when smaller countries come into being through the democratic choice of their peoples and Somaliland should now be fully recognised internationally and play its role in the wider world.”

Labour Cardiff South & Penarth MP tabled an early day motion which described the former British protectorate as a “beacon of peace and stability within one of the world’s more turbulent regional environments”.

However, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We do not recognise Somaliland as an independent state; neither does the rest of the international community.”
But Eid Ali Ahmed, one of about 10,000 Somalis living in South Wales, said: “Now is the time for the UK to lead the world.”

Source: Wales Online