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SOMALILAND: A SPECIAL CASE FOR INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION?
Somaliland is widely regarded as meeting established conditions for formal statehood, but many would-be supporters look to the African Union to lead the process of recognition.
In 2005 the African Union sent a fact-finding mission to Somaliland. The official summary of its findings is in favor of independence, asserting
“Somaliland’s search for recognition [is] historically unique and self-justified in African political history.”
The summary recommended that Somaliland be recognized by the African Union. Yet, since then, the African Union has not acted on its own findings.
Watch this insightful video by Prof James Ker-Lindsay on how Somaliland meets the conditions for formal statehood.
A Special Case: Bio
A Special Case: Video
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