Ethiopia and Kenya help dismember Somalia

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A new deal has recognised Jubaland, a strip of land in southern Somalia and bordering on Kenya and Ethiopia, as yet another quasi-independent entity in the region.

By Martin Plaut Published 03 September 2013 10:42

Ahmed Mohamed Islam during a meeting in Kismaayo earlier this year. Photo: Getty
Ahmed Mohamed Islam during a meeting in Kismaayo earlier this year. Photo: Getty

After nine days of late night meetings and plenty of arm-twisting, the fragile government of Somalia was finally forced to accept that a further slice of its territory had slipped beyond its control. The deal, signed in Addis Ababa, recognised Jubaland as yet another quasi-independent entity. This strip of land in southern Somalia and bordering on Kenya and Ethiopia, it is the illegitimate heir of both of these countries.

Jubaland is of critical importance to the whole of southern Somalia. Trade through the port and airport of Kismaayo is a lifeline for the region. In theory Jubaland will be the ‘Interim Juba…

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