Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Somaliland challenges Africa to recognise it

By Andrew Cawthorne

ADDIS ABABA, May 15 (Reuters) - Somaliland challenged African leaders on Tuesday to have the "bravery" to recognise the sovereignty it said was an overdue historical inevitability for the breakaway Somali enclave.

"We are a de facto state, a stable democracy in one of the most troubled parts of Africa. We have done all the things a good country is supposed to," Somaliland Foreign Minister Abdillahi Duale said in an interview.

"What we lack is the due recognition. So we hope some wise, decent, brave African head of state will call a spade a spade -- and say yes. Then others will follow."

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