House of Lords written question – answered at on 21 June 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 7 June (WA 27), whether Somaliland has fulfilled the normal criteria for recognition as an independent state.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

While based on the technical criteria set out in the Written Answer dated 16 November 1989 (Hansard, col. 494), each case must be assessed on its own particular facts. In the case of Somaliland, there are a number of relevant factors, including UN resolutions and the UN-sponsored peace process, as well as the positions of Africa Union member states. We therefore do not currently recognise Somaliland as an independent state. However, the Government will keep the policy on recognition of Somaliland under review in line with these factors.

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