“Our Sea is Not for Sale” Somalia Protesters Cries Out
By George George Idowu
A vast majority of Somalian people have come out to vent out their frustration over a controversial sea deal between Ethiopia and Somaliland.
In order to voice out their displeasure, hundreds of people have demonstrated in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, to voice their opposition to the deal.
Some of them held placards saying “our sea is not for sale”.
Ethiopia has defended the deal with the breakaway state of Somaliland to gain access to the sea.
Somaliland seceded from Somalia in 1991 but is not internationally recognised as an independent state.
The agreement has caused a diplomatic storm, with Somalia denouncing it as a violation of its sovereignty and vowing to challenge it “by any legal means”.
Ethiopia, however, pointed out that other countries had done deals with Somaliland in the past and had not committed any offence why, then should theirs be different.
Somaliland said in an earlier statement that in exchange for sea access, Ethiopia would “formally recognise” it.
Ethiopia has not confirmed this, but said that the deal “includes provisions for the Ethiopian government to make an in-depth assessment towards taking a position regarding the efforts of Somaliland to gain recognition”.