South African Government recognition of the Government of Somaliland

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 76

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 1 OF 10 FEBRUARY 2011

Mr KS Mubu (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

Whether the Government intends to recognise the government of Somaliland; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
 
REPLY:

No, South Africa does not recognise the government of Somaliland.  South Africa’s position on Somaliland is guided by the positions of the United Nations and the African Union, which favour the preservation of existing national borders.  The TFG is internationally recognised as the legitimate government in Somalia and should be supported until such time as a roadmap to peace delivers on a constitution and a fully functional permanent government, as decided by the people of Somalia.  South Africa remains deeply concerned at the prevailing situation in Somalia and its impact on the countries of the East African region and the Horn of Africa.  The increasing instability and lack of progress in the internal reconciliation process is much regretted and we call on all role players in Somalia, including in Somaliland, to commit themselves to an all inclusive process that will usher in an era of peace in Somalia.  South Africa stands ready to support international efforts towards reconciliation, reconstruction and development of Somalia.

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