By: Yusuf M Hasan
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The head of the United Nations Somalia Mission-UNSOM Amb Nicholas Kay is expected in the country on the 18th August 2014.
While no official confirmation from either UNSOM or the Somaliland Government, sources indicate that the Briton who also doubles as the Special Representative of Secretary General –SRSG of the United Nations in Somalia shall fulfill his acceptance of an invitation extended by Foreign Minister Mohamed Behi Younis.
It is hoped that this time round Amb Kay shall manage to only charm but entice the cooperation of Somaliland authorities with his billion dollar projects In lieu of the fact that his maiden visit to Hargeisa on 13th June 2013 turned fateful after a meeting chaired by President Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo at the Hargeisa presidency denied his newly formed command UNSOM an operating base in Somaliland in contrast to the Amb Mahiga led UNPOS it was replacing that had enjoyed cordial relations.
Reminiscing on the operational base refusal during a briefing at the US Institute for Peace in April this year Amb Kay said that a very polite president Silanyo told him “Being the Head of UNSOM we ask you not to return to Somaliland for you are in the wrong country because your mandate from the UN is to promote Federalism and Constitutional review etc. in Somalia which is the neighbouring country next door”
The imminent visit having emanated from the Somaliland side it is further anticipated that Amb Kay shall find favour for his UNSOM while the citizens shall be availed the immense political, development and humanitarian support that abound in his mission as a result of mutual acceptance with the government in Hargeisa he described saying “In reality there is a de-facto government in Somaliland which is deeply entrenched in its sense of independence ad statehood”
Citizens of the country, the Briton who is top UN Honcho around, described as being In a Unique position where it is deeply entrenched in its own view and claim to independence and remains singularly unrecognized as a sovereign nation by any other Country in the world, is that he will change his perceptions and facilitate further inroads within the international community as partisans to the 23 years quest for sovereignty recognition.
Though the past UN comradeship shared with Foreign Minister Behi Younis a formerly in Darfur is the edge driving away the love hate relationship and encouraging reciprocation Somalilanders expect the authorities to remain steadfast in their much supported stance of Sovereignty regardless of the millions in development aid from UNSOM Amb Nicholas Kay is going to announce.