In 1991, the Republic of Somaliland broke away from the Somali Democratic Republic after a decade-long rebellion against Siad Barre's ruling government, which was ousted that year. Since the outbreak of the Somali Civil War in 1991, Somaliland has been a de facto independent country with democratically elected governments. The Republic of Somaliland asserts that it is the successor state to British Somaliland and the short-lived State of Somaliland which followed.
Despite 30 years of democratic government and de facto independence, Somaliland has not been formally recognized by any UN member state. Somaliland maintains representative offices in Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Sweden, Italy, the United States, Kenya, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. Ethiopia, Turkey, Djibouti, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Taiwan maintain diplomatic offices in Somaliland. However, none of these offices constitutes formal recognition of Somaliland as being independent from Somalia.
When will at least 10 countries formally recognize Somaliland as an independent state?
This question will resolve as the earliest date when 10 or more UN member countries (excluding observers and non-member states) formally recognize the Republic of Somaliland as an independent state, as reported either by reputable media or directly by the foreign ministry (or equivalent department) of the country announcing recognition.