Saturday, April 13, 2013

Presidents of Somalia, Breakaway Somaliland Holds Talks In Turkey

Presidents of Somalia, breakaway Somaliland hold talks in Turkey

The Associated Press
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2013 - 2:00 UTC

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey has hosted direct talks between the presidents of Somalia and the breakaway Somaliland region to encourage dialogue between the two.

No statement was released after Saturday's meeting between Somalia's Hassan Sheik Mohamud and Ahmed Silanyo of Somaliland.

Somalia wants Somaliland to be part a united country. But the territory, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991 and has been a haven of relative peace amid the chaos and bloodshed in the country's south, is seeking international recognition. The international community is urging the sides to find a negotiated solution.

Silanyo's office has said the talks would focus on co-operation, including the fight against terrorism and piracy.

Turkey, which hosted the meeting, has been providing emergency relief and development aid to Somalia and enjoys close ties to both sides.

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