Why not recognise Somaliland too?

As Libyan rebels take on Col Muammar Gaddafi with the support of NATO, I am tempted to ask: Why not recognise Somaliland like they have the rebels?

In the middle of this disorder and anarchy in Somalia, Somaliland reappeared to claim its own Independence which it ceded to Somalia when it voluntarily merged with it. They restored orderly government, rule of law and peace. It has as such become an oasis of peace in the area unlike the rest of Somalia.

However, the UN and its members have refused to recognise Somaliland or give it any support, disregarding the fact that an independent and strong Somaliland will help to stabilise the region and lessen the menace of piracy.

Seif Mohamed Seif