DP World deal triggers Somalia port row with breakaway north.
March 14, 2018 93 Views
Somalia’s parliament has declared ‘null and void’ a port deal signed by breakaway Somaliland.Somalia’s parliament has declared “null and void” a port deal signed by breakaway Somaliland that has raised tensions between Mogadishu and Hargeisa.
Dubai-based DP World this month struck a deal giving Ethiopia a 19-percent stake in Somaliland’s Berbera port.
The move has angered Somalia, which does not recognise Somaliland’s long-standing claim of independence and has a history of animosity with Ethiopia.
Declaring the deal unconstitutional and therefore “null and void” Mogadishu’s parliament on Monday asserted in a resolution: “It is only the Federal Government of Somalia that can engage in international deals.”
“All ports, and airports in the country are national property and… no one can privately claim ownership,” it said, after 168 out of 170 MPs voted the deal down.
The resolution went on to ban DP World from operating anywhere in Somalia.