For Immediate Release:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
We the people of the Sanaag and Sool regions of Somalia acknowledge that a successive generations of our people have been deprived of their rights to freedom, equality and justice, which were granted by God to all of mankind, we the people hereby affirm our declaration set forth below to address long standing injustices.
The Sanaag and Sool Regions of Somalia Declaration:
- Recalling the long struggle of the people of Sanaag and Sool regions of Somalia for justice, freedom, equality, human dignity, political and economic emancipation;
- Considering the years of conflict and the immeasurable sufferings of the Somali people;
- Having resolved and overcome our past conflicts and facing the future with a renewed sense of hope and in the spirit of reconciliation;
- Approving that the Interim Administration of this government emanates from the will of the people of Sanaag and Sool regions of Somalia;
- Responding to the popular will of the people of Sanaag and Sool regions who overwhelmingly support the establishment of an interim Administration in the Sanaag and Sool regions of Somalia and in exercise of their right to self- determination guaranteed under the comprehensive Somalia federal agreement of 2012, and the interim national constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia also in 2012;
- Confirming that the May 15, 2016 interim administration selection was conducted in a transparent manner;
- Resolved to establish a system of interim federal governance in the Sanaag and Sool regions of Somalia that upholds the rule of law, justice, democracy, human rights and respect for diversity;
- Committed to contributing to peace and security, regional stability and the resolution of conflicts through peaceful means in Somalia;
- Remembering and honoring the sacrifices of the Somali people who struggled for the cause of justice, freedom and prosperity for our people,
- The establishment of an Interim federal Administration for the Sanaag and Sool regions of Somalia.
- We, the representatives of the people, based on the will of the people of the Sanaag and Sool regions of Somalia, hereby declare the Northeast Federal State of Somalia fulfiling the provisional constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia requirement for establishing regional administration within the Independent and Sovereign Federal Republic of Somalia.
Interim President, the Northeast Federal State of Somalia
Ali Ahmed Fatah
Spokesperson for the political committee, the Northeast Federal State of Somalia
Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud (Jabiye)