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Interim President of North East State, Ali Fatah

The Northeast Federal State of Somalia
Office of the President

For Immediate Release

The Northeast State of Somalia condemns the violent actions of Somaliland against the innocent civilians in Sool and Sanaag regions of Somalia. We mourn the heartbreaking loss in Laas Anood and Erigabo. The violence that led to the senseless death of eight innocent protestors and the wounding of over 100 is unacceptable. We call on the international community, particularly the United States (US), the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) to designate the current Somaliland regime as spoilers who are undermining political and security progress in Somalia.

Somaliland’s marginalization of Sool and Sanaag regions has contributed to increase clan and sub-clan fissures that could potentially lead to a civil war. Influential leaders in Hargeisa, including Faisal Ali Warabe and Musa Biixi have publicly endorsed and advocated for a military cleansing campaign to forcefully remove communities in Sool and Sanaag regions. Credible reports indicate that Somaliland military have in recent months committed atrocities killings in Kalshale, Buuhoodle, Erigabo and Las Anood as part of a coordinated effort to suppress political decent.

We call on the international community and particularly the United States government to support the Northeast Federal State government to establish institutions and governance for the state.

H.E. Ali Ahmed Fatah
Interim President, the Northeast Federal State of Somalia