Djibouti Expels Somaliland Diplomat (2006-12-22)
Djiboutian government has formally given a Somaliland representative and his
staff 72 hours to leave the country, according to the Hargeisa-based Jamhuuriya
Rashid Yasin and his staff were told to vacate their offices
after being informed that the government of Djibouti had cut off diplomatic
relations with neighboring Somaliland.
came after the Djiboutian government’s anger at a Somaliland
decision last week to use the port of Berbera independently for livestock
trade with the Arabian Gulf, wrote Jamhuuriya.
Rashid and Abdullahi Mohamed Du’ale, Somaliland’s foreign
minister, have declined to comment on the expulsion.
is composed of the northwestern regions of Somalia whose leaders
unilaterally declared independence from the rest of the country in 1991
after longtime dictator Mohamed Siad Barre’s government collapsed.
no single government officially recognizes Somaliland, the
breakaway sub-state has representatives in some of the countries in the
second time Djibouti closed down Somaliland’s diplomatic offices