MOGADISHU, 9 February 2021 – The government of Djibouti is pushing back on accusations by Somalia that its report on the current diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Somalia is biased.
Somalia criticized the findings of the fact-finding commission which concluded that there was no evidence that Kenya was meddling in Somali internal affairs.
The fact-finding commission was formed last December 22, after the 38th IGAD Summit in Djibouti.
The report, delivered to the Horn of Africa bloc, Inter-Governmental Agency for Development (IGAD), further said Somalia’s grievances against Kenya were no justification for Mogadishu to sever diplomatic ties with Nairobi.
“The Commission considers that these grievances, some of them long-standing, do not appear sufficient to justify a diplomatic separation between Kenya and Somalia,” the report reads in part.
The report described Somalia’s decision to cut ties as disproportionate and unproductive given the two countries are “intimately linked politically, humanely and economically”.
Officials in Djibouti City, capital of Djibouti, said they remain strictly neutral, that they did their work with professionalism and strict objectivity. and remain driven by the sole purpose of helping Kenya and Somalia ease tensions between them.
Somalia has reacted angrily to the findings with one of its ministers going so far as to threaten the possibility of Mogadishu withdrawing from the Horn of Africa bloc, IGAD.
The minister said the “outcome of their report came as a shock to us”.
“The Republic of Djibouti recalls that the final report of the fact-finding mission was submitted to the current chairman of IGAD, the Republic of Sudan, and to all Heads of state and government of IGAD as well as to the executive secretary,” read part of a statement.
Djibouti said it is now up to the assembly of heads of state and IGAD to determine the way forward and decide the best way to achieve reconciliation between Kenya and Somalia.
Somaliland declared its independence restored in May 1991. Its sovereignty has not yet recognized by the international community, but from their capital, Hargeisa, the people of Somaliland are working to build a functioning parliamentary democracy as a separate country from Somalia.