Search

Breakaway Somaliland gets Tower Hamlets ‘recognition’ in bid for independence

10:49 19 November 2015

Somaliland supporters after Tower Hamlets

Somaliland supporters after Tower Hamlets 'recognition' vote

Archant

Campaigners pressing for Britain to formally accept breakaway Somaliland as an independent state in the Horn of Africa have won “recognition” from a local authority in London’s East End.

They packed Tower Hamlets council meeting last night, waving nationalist flags and banners from the public gallery, as members voted overwhelmingly to support them.

Waiving Somaliland flag in town hall public galleryWaiving Somaliland flag in town hall public gallery

The vote in this deprived borough with one of Britain’s fastest-growing Somali communities abroad was to “show this council has listened to the Somaliland people and recognise them as part of our community”.

Nationals filled the public gallery as the aspiring regime’s Minister of Minerals gave an impassioned address to the council chamber.

“We came here because this is history in the making,” Hussain Dualuh later told the East London Advertiser.

“We as British Somaliland were given our independence in 1960, then got involved with Italian Somalia when it became independent to unite all the Somali-speaking people on our own accord.

Mayor John Biggs with Somaliland 'Minister for Minerals' Hussain DualuhMayor John Biggs with Somaliland 'Minister for Minerals' Hussain Dualuh

“But we’ve had nothing but grief out of that union, so we broke away in 1990. It wasn’t a legal union.”

The connection with Tower Hamlets is the East End’s Somali community that dates back to the 19th century when they worked in the London Docks.

“The council recognising our aspirations helps get a little closer to Westminster for Britain’s support,” Mr Dualuh added.

“They say recognition has to come from the African Union and they tell us we cannot tamper with the old Colonial borders—but we’re repairing those former borders.”

Cllr  Amina Ali (left) joins Somaliland campaigners for a 'selfie' after Tower Hamlets 'recognition' voteCllr Amina Ali (left) joins Somaliland campaigners for a 'selfie' after Tower Hamlets 'recognition' vote

Tower Hamlets is the third UK local authority supporting the campaign for recognition.

Both the Labour administration and Independent opposition councillors backed a resolution claiming a democratic Somaliland “presents a strong case for recognition under international law, meeting the criteria for statehood”.

They compared it to Bangladesh which broke away from Pakistan in 1971—its biggest Bangladeshi community abroad being in Tower Hamlets.

But there was caution from Tory Opposition which abstained, stating any move towards internationally-recognised independence had to come through the African Union.

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 16:34
The 'stink' hole just yards from houses next to former Phoenix smelting works site

A woman with cancer and a 10-month-old baby girl are among hundreds of people hit by fumes from contaminated canalside land in London’s East End where a wartime smelting works once stood.

Tue, 14:33
Dr Claire Sheppey and her burned-out top-floor flat in north London

A hero doctor from the 2005 Aldgate terrorist Underground train bombing 11 years ago died after discarding a cigarette in a plastic bag causing a fire in her top-floor flat, an inquest heard today.

Tue, 13:10
'Mini Manhattan' as City Island will appear on a loop of the River Lea

Developers have put 100 new apartments on the market at the new ‘Mini Manhattan’ London City Island complex under construction on the Leamouth Peninsula in east London, on former marshland where the Lea flows into the Thames.

Tue, 10:39
Floating algae that was silting up the Limehouse Cut

Youngsters in London’s East End have been helping to rid the Limehouse Cut of litter and to clean up the water chocking with algae.

Mon, 17:45
Children enjoying a summer’s day at Victoria Park thast's just won a Green Flag award again [photo: Rehan Jamil]

Children have been enjoying outdoor summer entertainment at east London’s favourite Victoria Park which has just retained its Green Flag award this year.

Mon, 09:32
Hunt for East End's best-managed bar [photo: Harmit Kambo]

The police have joined “happy hour” looking for bars and boozers in London’s East End to track down the best-run watering hole.

Mon, 08:40
They're off! 700 runners dash through Vicky Park in British Heart Foundation's annual run

Hundreds of runners in red have dashed through east London’s Victoria Park focussed on their target to raise £50,000 for medical research.

Mon, 00:25
'Human chain' rally at Whitechapel against Islamist terrorism

The rise of Islamist fanatics with hate and those who carry out violence are “enemies of humanity who do not represent religion”, a rally staged at Whitechapel in London’s East End heard.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now