The Ugandan press reported that Museveni’s offer came after a special envoy from Somaliland, Jama Musse Jama, asked the Ugandan president to act as a mediator to achieve unification. Uganda’s State House has qualified these reports on its X (Twitter) account, stating that Jama Musse Jama had asked Museveni to act as a “guarantor of dialogue between Somaliland and Somalia on long-standing disagreements” and that Somaliland stood by its initial position of regaining full sovereignty.
Somalia and Somaliland became unified in 1960, after separate independence processes from Italy and the United Kingdom, respectively. Somaliland gained independence from Somalia in 1990. No state in the world has recognised the independence of the former UK colony. However, some countries maintain diplomatic relations with it, such as Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, and Taiwan.
Somalia seeks to hold talks on the “reunification” of the two countries under a federal model. Somaliland argues that the 1960 unification was null and void.