To find a peaceful resolution to the Las Anod conflict, which has been dragging on for three months, a group of traditional elders from Mogadishu came in the town on Monday.
The committee has started evaluating the harm brought on by the battle in Las Anod, including the harm brought on by suspected Somaliland force attacks.
This week, there was intense fighting in the town between Somaliland and SSC forces, which led to numerous losses on both sides, including civilians.
The committee traveled to the scene of the fighting with the help of SSC elders. On Monday evening, they met with Ahmed Karaash, the vice president of Puntland, in Garowe. They are now anticipated to travel to Hargeisa to meet with Somaliland representatives.
The crisis in Las Anod, which has caused casualties, damage, and relocation, will be resolved peacefully, according to the elders. A change in approach was signaled, meanwhile, when the Somaliland military declared on Sunday that it intended to engage in offensive operations against the SSC Khatumo forces in Las Anod.
The 33-member SSC elders’ committee spokesman, Abdirizak Mohamed Hassan, claimed that he did not think Somaliland would conduct a stronger attack than the battle on Sunday in reaction to the military decision issued by the Somaliland military. Also, he urged the international community to prevent Somaliland from targeting Las Anod’s civilians.
Garad Jama Garad Ismail claimed that the Somaliland army had already assaulted the town with military force in an interview with BBC Somali.
He also refuted Somaliland’s assertions that forces from Ethiopia and other Somali regions, as well as Puntland-led allies, were engaged in combat in Las Anod, claiming that people from other Somali regions were present there.