Published On: Thu, Jun 21st, 2018

Former Somali president calls for ceasefire in Tukaraq

Former Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has called for an immediate end to the fighting between Puntland and the breakaway region of Somaliland in Tukaraq village.

Mohamud urged the warring sides halt the bloodshed, withdraw the troops from the battle zones in Sool region and engage in talks to solve the conflict.

The former leader asked the local elders, traders and intellectuals to contribute to the peace efforts aimed at halting the escalating tension in the region.

Somaliland and Puntland are both pointing fingers at the other for starting latest fighting which claimed the lives of the dozens of people and forced families to flee their house.

The tension is still as both sides reportedly employed light and heavy guns near Tukaraq District, about 1,100km northwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Somaliland and Puntland have hand long-standing border disputes, particularly over Sool and Sanaag regions that separate them.

Somaliland has declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 but has since failed to win international recognition.

Puntland was established as a semi-autonomous authority in 1998 but remains a member state of the federal government of Somalia.

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