The leader of Khatumo, the self declared regional state, Ali Khalif Galaydh has for the first time disclosed that his administration is seeking to come to the negotiating table with the breakaway Somaliland after years of recurrent conflicts between the two.
Speaking to Goobjoog News, Galaydh said his administration has been carrying out initiatives to iron out the row between Somaliland and Khatumo.
” Both my administration and that of Somaliland have been trying to hold talks over the longtime rifts between us. We are planing to live peacefully with our neighbours,” said Galaydh.
Galaydh expressed hoped on the possibility to negotiate with the semi-autonomous regional of Puntland.
In August, 2014, Galaydh was elected President of Khatumo which has no recognition from Somali government .
In March this year, Tension has mounted in the region after the breakaway region of Somaliland deployed hundreds of troops and battle wagons outside Buhodle town controlled by Khatumo regional state.
Somaliland which had declared a unilateral independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 aims to consolidate territory as parts of decades-old struggle which aims to attract the international community’s attention in the hope of securing an international recognition.
Somaliland considers Somalia as a barrier standing in its way of winning an international recognition.