Arab interests, Ethiopia-Somalia feud play out in Berbera port deal
Saturday March 17 2018
People load a cargo ship at the Port of Berbera in Somaliland on December 5, 2015. PHOTO | AFP
Controversial deal between UAE's DP World and Ethiopia has opened old wounds of the decades-long discord between Somalia and Somaliland, in a major diplomatic stand-off that has sucked in several Arab countries.
Somalia argues that Somaliland cannot enter such international contracts with other countries as the responsibility to sign such agreements remains to the Federal Government of Somalia, but Somaliland said that it is a sovereign state that can enter into independent agreements.
Somalia refuses to recognise the 1991claim of autonomy by Somaliland.