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Somaliland and Ethiopia signs "Historic" MoU on access to Red Sea and Establishment of Naval Base

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After decades of indoctrination, it's perplexing to witness the unwavering support many in Somaliland offer to a deal that seems destined for failure.

For anyone raised in Hargeisa over the past 45 years, the narrative ingrained is that "Somaliland-hood is sacred," coupled with the belief that "Somalia is the enemy." This entrenched mindset is the guiding principle for the people of Hargeisa – the pursuit of recognition (ictiraaf).

However, those in the South often struggle to comprehend this perspective, naively asserting Somalinimo to a crowd that eyes the concept with suspicion.

This has culminated in a situation where a significant and misguided decision, like establishing a military base along the Somaliland Red Sea, encompassing an area larger than the entire state of Malta, is perceived as a positive development, as long as it inches closer to the cherished dream of recognition (Ictiraaf).

My concern lies in the uncompromising approach of Biisi, potentially leading the country into instability if we continue to proceed without a clear direction. Unfortunately, I haven't observed any rational leaders in recent days who are willing to voice sensibility amidst the prevailing madness and hatred (Wixii Somalia dhibiya waanu ku faraxsanahay).

If there's a possibility of ceding Lughaha or the Saylac Territory to the Habeshas, I fear that this could be the tipping point, igniting another confrontation. Biixi seems confident that he can suppress such unrest, but we all know how that turned out recently. 

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Ethiopian military's Facebook post raises alarm in Somalia over Red Sea deal

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Ethiopian military's recent Facebook statement regarding Red Sea matters and the maritime agreement with the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has sparked concerns in Somalia.

In the statement, Ethiopia reminisces about historical sea access, and expressed worries about piracy and terrorism in the Somali Sea affecting Ethiopian interests.

Somalia views Ethiopia's focus on securing the sea with suspicion, raising questions about its motives.

On October 13, Prime Minister Abiy highlighted Ethiopia’s reliance on the Red Sea and the Nile.

“Ethiopia is an island surrounded by water but a country that is thirsty,” he said. “The Red Sea and the Nile will determine Ethiopia. They are interlinked with Ethiopia and will be the fundamentals that will either bring in Ethiopia’s development or bring about its demise.”

The agreement, signed in Addis Ababa, grants Ethiopia a 50-year lease on a naval base with access to Somaliland’s Berbera port for commercial marine operations. Mogadishu views the deal as an act of "aggression" and any international recognition of Somaliland as an attack on Somalia’s sovereignty.

The maritime deal also faces substantial international condemnation.

On Saturday, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud signed a law overturning the Ethiopia-Somaliland agreement, following approval by both houses of Somalia's Federal Parliament. The law's enactment comes after both legislative houses deemed the agreement invalid during an emergency parliamentary session this week, citing violations of international norms and undermining Somalia's territorial integrity.

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