President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal called Tuesday for his self-declared
republic to be accorded special status by the United Nations
to allow it to pursue separate development outside Somalia.
the fact that the international community at the moment is
not geared toward giving us sovereign recognition,'' Egal
said in an interview with the Financial Times.
what we say is that, just like the Palestinians or the Kosovans
or the people in Timor, we should be given a special status,
an interim special status whereby we can at least deal with
donors and the international financial institutions.''
a former British protectorate, declared independence from
the rest of Somalia after the ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad
Barre in 1991.
not recognized by the international community, has enjoyed
relative stability while the rest of Somalia has been embroiled
in civil war.
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