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Somaliland: Politics and Government

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on claims of independence by Somaliland. (201850)

The UK does not recognise Somaliland as an independent state. The Government's policy on Somaliland's claims of independence is that the Somaliland authorities should negotiate with the Transitional Federal government to determine their future relationship.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on discussions between the Pentagon and the US State Department on the recognition of Somaliland as an independent state. (202892)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has received no reports of discussions between the Pentagon and the US State Department on the recognition of Somaliland as an independent state.