London, UK, November 26, 2011 (SL Times) – In what is bound to be an embarrassing revelation for Somaliland's government and public, a member in the British government revealed that his department (the department of International Development), "has not received any ministerial correspondence concerning the recognition of independence of Somaliland" for a year.
This came in the context of a question by conservative parliamentarian Andrew Rosindell in which he asked the Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan about how much correspondence he received regarding Somaliland's independence. The absence of any correspondence for 12 months reflects badly on Somaliland's government as well as on Somaliland's public, especially in the diaspora, and raises questions about how much is being done to secure Somaliland's recognition.
Here is the exchange between the MP and the minister:
Written Answers on 22 Nov 2011
Andrew Rosindell (Romford, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) letters and (b) emails his Department received concerning the recognition of the independence of Somaliland in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
Alan Duncan (Minister of State, International Development; Rutland and Melton, Conservative)
In the last 12 months, the Department for International Development has not received any ministerial correspondence concerning the recognition of independence of Somaliland.
Over the same time period we received 15 inquiries by e-mail to the Public Enquiry Point on this subject.
Somaliland is situated on the eastern horn of Africa and lies between the 08°00' - 11°30' parallel north of the equator and between 42°30' - 49°00' meridian east of the Greenwich.