Garowe – (warsoor) – The president of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas spoke about the escalating tension with Somaliland government accusing Somaliland to have attacked their territory and declared war on defending Puntland and their nations. Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday night.
In a press conference, he held at the presidential palace in Puntland, the president criticized Somaliland for launching an invasion on Tukaraq in Sool region which he claimed a part of Puntland ethnically. He has described the move as an aggressive and disruptive attack to the peace process in Somalia. Puntland leader indicated that Monday’s attack was a “naked intercession” in Puntland borders, saying the semi-autonomous region will not tolerate with Somaliland to attack their territory and that Puntland is sufficient to defend its land and its people.
Ali has, on the other hand, accused Somaliland of supporting terrorist groups. “As you are aware of Puntland is currently at war with ISIL and AL-shabab and the capture of Somaliland in Tukaraq is a sign that shows Somaliland endorses terrorist groups” said Ali during the press conference on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Puntland leader has called on the people of Puntland inside and abroad of his administration should be ready for defending Puntland ethnical borders and similarly called on the government of Somalia and the international community to carefully note that Somaliland will shoulder it’s the accountability regarding the aftermath of the clashes with Somaliland on the last Monday. The government of Somaliland has not yet issued any response to Puntland allegation stating Somaliland to be supporting the terrorist groups.
Following the capture of Tukaraq on the last Monday, the tension is high with fear of further military confrontation as both Somaliland and Puntland deploying more troops into the disputed region.
By: Muse Jeeh, a freelance writer based in Hargeisa, Somaliland. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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