Somaliland and Somalia Talks: Chevening House Declaration

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Chevening House Declaration

20-21 June 2012

1. Following the commitments in the London and Istanbul Communique’s, the Internaitonal Community will support dialogue between the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (or its replacement) and Somaliland, to clarify their future  relations, the two sides met at technical level on 20-june-2012 at chevening House

2. The Meeting was hosted by the UK and co-hosted by Norway and EU at the request of the two sides

3. the propose of this preparatory talks was to establish a frame work for future substantive Talks

4. The participants of the meeting welcomed the opening of the dialogue and emphasised their commitment to the continuation of this talks

5. the Participants:

i) That the talks would  take place between two sides-The TFG (or its replacement) and Somaliland in accordance with paragraph 6 of London conference communique’s and paragraph 10 of the Istanbul II conference communique’s.

ii)Noted the need to adapt a common approach to avoid any thing that would undermine the continuation of the talks as defined above

iii) committed to the continuation of the talks on the two presidents to meet to review the progress as soon as possible

iv) called on the international community to continue to facilitate the talks including providing the two sides with external experts on legal, economic security matters.

v) Agreed to share experiance on working move effectively with the international community on the use of development and humanitarian assistance for the people of both sides and called for the international community to increase the assistance.

vi) Agreed to cooperate in the fight against the terrorism, extremism, and serious crimes.

vii) Agreed to cooperate in the fight against the piracy at the sea and on land, maritime crime, illegal fishing and toxic dumping

viii) and Re-iterated  their support for ending the transition in Somalia..


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