From Mr Simon Gordon.
Sir, Your editorial “Pirates of the Gulf” (February 19) raises again the important issue of Somaliland. As it states, this northern part of Somalia has prevented piracy from taking root on its shore. It needs help and support to uphold that stance.
The most effective way of achieving that goal is to finally recognise that Somaliland exists as a distinctive and properly functioning entity. Entry to the UN and to the Commonwealth, which the Somalilanders have long craved, should then follow.
As the world will probably shortly come to recognise southern Sudan as an independent state, the old excuse that nothing should be done to encourage the questioning of the existing boundaries of African countries is no longer tenable.
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