Today, the SSC-Khaatumo administration announced an end to what it termed Somaliland’s “war of aggression” in the Sool, Sanaag, and Ayn regions. According to an official press release, the administration has successfully protected the dignity of the local population and upheld the sovereignty of Somalia.
Las Anod (Laascaanood), Sool, SOMALIA. By the Editorial Team:
The statement, addressed to the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), the international community, and the Somali people, outlines the steps the SSC-Khaatumo administration is taking to stabilize the area. Among these measures are the withdrawal of their own troops from Las Anod, facilitating the return of displaced persons, and offering social assistance.
Treatment of prisoners
The SSC-Khaatumo administration asserts its commitment to upholding the rights of the prisoners in their custody. Those who have committed war crimes are said to be in the hands of appropriate security and justice agencies and will be brought to justice. Their treatment will align with Islamic law, Somali customs, and international standards, according to the press release.
Seizure of armaments
The release further states that the SSC-Khaatumo forces seized tanks, artillery, and other heavy armaments from Somaliland on 25 August 2023. These weapons will soon be transferred to the SSC defence troops and will be displayed publicly.
A commitment to peaceful coexistence
While the SSC-Khaatumo administration expressed its intention to defend its territories vigorously, it also extended an olive branch for peaceful coexistence. The administration vowed not to invade lands belonging to neighbouring clans and expressed a willingness to cooperate on matters of trade and security. Nonetheless, it warned against any future armament supplies and attacks from the Somaliland administration.
This announcement comes amidst complex international reactions, especially given the broader scope of geopolitics in the Horn of Africa. The situation has ignited discussions about the inconsistent stances of international partners, who often support defensive actions in other conflicts globally, as seen in the case of Ukraine.
The SSC-Khaatumo administration’s commitment to uphold humanitarian norms, including the treatment of prisoners, seems designed to preemptively address concerns from the international community, particularly after some partners had previously condemned the conflict in Las Anod without adequate contextual understanding.
The SSC-Khaatumo administration’s recent steps indicate both a resolve to protect their sovereignty and a desire for peace and stability in the region. The manner in which the local and international community responds to this complex situation will undoubtedly influence the political landscape in the Horn of Africa for years to come.