“We have been discussing about the skirmish for the last three days and now we have come to the conclusion of the parley. Djibouti has taken the full responsibility for the death, injury and the damage to naval vessels,” said Somaliland’s Interior Minister.
By Gulaid Dalha
(Somali Commentator)Following the skirmish that Djiboutian speed boats intercepted one fishing vessel, Djibouti government apologized for the attack and acknowledged breaching Somaliland waters. Djibouti has the taken the full responsibility for the skirmish that left one Somaliland coastguard dead and two coastguards wounded.
As a result of the flared up tensions, the Minister of Interior Hon. Ali Mohamed Waran-adde dispatched from Hargeisa leading a security team to hold an unprecedented meetings concerning about the tension with Djibouti authorities. While speaking to the reporters, in Djibouti, Mr Waran-adde said, “We have been discussing about the skirmish for the last three days and now we have come to the conclusion of the parley. Djibouti has taken the full responsibility for the death, injury and the damage to naval vessels.”
On the other hand, at the joint press briefing, the Djiboutian Minister of Fisheries Hon. Mohamed Somali and Djiboutian navy Commander Admiral Shire offered an official apology to the government of Somaliland. Djiboutian Minister for Fisheries stated that his navy always deters enemy attacks and thence attempted to intercept fishing vessels licensed by Somaliland marine command after crossing Djiboutian territorial waters.
Upon his return from Kuwait, the president of Somaliland H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo spoke to the media about the incident. “Somaliland will always be committed to its sovereign interests and will adhere to this,” said president Silanyo. The president also vowed that his government will defend itself. “We are aware of the skirmish and we will defend our country,” added the president.