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Editorial:The Diplomatic Failure of Ambassador Michael Keating

On Sunday 13 the UN special envoy to Somaliland and Somalia H.E Michael Keating paid a visit to Hargeisa. Immediately after his arrival he was ushered into the presidential palace where he met President Musa Bihi Abdi. Ambassador Keating told the press that he came to Hargeisa to make sure that the Tukaraq  tension between Somaliland and Puntland could be stopped. He also informed journalists that he discussed with president Bihi how the situation could be brought under control.  

Before embarking to Hargeisa Mr.,Keating had passed Garowe where he held talks with president Abdiweli Gaas.  He stated that he discussed with him about the Tukaraq fiasco, however; when Mr. Keating was in Garowe  the Tukaraq fighting had not taken place. The UN envoy overstated that the UN is disturbed by the war between  the armed forces of Somaliland and Puntland.

Nevertheless two days after the British UN envoy visited Hargeisa and Garowe on 15th May 2018 the fiercest fight took place in Tukaraq  hamlet. The fight pitted Somaliland and Puntland during this encounter many lives were lost many others were maimed and others were internally displaced.

It is unequivocal that Mr. Michael Keating diplomacy has failed because he was away for  twelve hours when the heavy fighting started.  No wonder when the victims of Tukaraq  war  numbers of the dead and injured exceeded expectations ambassador Keating  released a terse statement from is safe haven Nairobi calling for the two sides to stop the war.

Diplomatically ambassador Keating has failed because when the fighting was heating up he was expected to jet into Somaliland and Puntland to quell the skirmishes so that the fighting could stop and how  future encounters could be avoided.

Many people are dumbfounded how the special envoy for Somaliland and  Somalia Mr.Michael Keatings has failed his diplomatic duty to quell the Tukaraq saga between Somaliland and Puntland.

The failure of Mr.Keating to use his diplomatic acumen to solve the Tukaraq  war  leaves a bad  taste to the mouth. According to political pundits  views confirm that ambassador Keating has not founded a strong political foundation between Somaliland and Puntland and simply plays cosmetic diplomacy.

Another problem is that the envoy does not hit the nail on the head; he simply does not say the truth to both side of the political spectrum.

There is still an opportunity for the UN to quell the Tukaraq war .The president of Puntland Mr.Abdiweli Gaas is beating the drums of war just the other day he called a cabinet meeting informing his minister for a big war with Somaliland.

 

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