the last two years the situation in Somalia has deteriorated into one of the
world’s worst humanitarian and security crises. But a report by the International
crisis Group says the international community is preoccupied with the piracy phenomenon – instead of concentrating
on the core of the crisis, the need for a political settlement.
recent withdrawal of Ethiopian troops has opened up a new period of uncertainty
and risk. In contrast, in the separatist republic of Somaliland, things are
heating up toward a presidential election on March 29th.
Roque is a researcher for the South Africa-based African security Analysis
program. She told Nightline’s Akwei
Thompson the upcoming election is part of the consolidation of democracy in Somaliland.
“Well, the election is very significant
because it’s part of the consolidation and stability as well…she said.” And the election she said “stands in contrast at the statehood
of a non-functioning government in south-central Somalia, comparatively two
Roque said that in voting
for a government, Somalia is re-affirming that it’s got a constituency and
identity that is consolidated by a popular mandate.
The South African analyst
said that a successful election in Somaliland would provide a lot of lessons
for peace making at the grassroots level and at the consensus level in Somalia.
Roque said Somalia is at a
critical point. The success of the Djibouti process is instrumental to peace
and stability of Somalia and Djibouti and needs to continue being implemented,