Somalis to gather for fresh peace bid

Somalia’s National Reconciliation Congress is set to gather in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday for peace talks aimed at winning over rival factions.

Somalis to gather for fresh peace bid
Somalia’s National Reconciliation Congress is set to gather in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday for peace talks aimed at winning over rival factions.

The thrice-postponed meeting is expected to draw some 1,325 delegates from across the war-shattered nation.

The virtually homeless government, which has failed to bring the restive country under control in its three years of existence, is staging the conference at a former police warehouse in northern Mogadishu.

Ethiopia-backed government troops have sealed off the venue, frisking pedestrians and searching vehicles while others took up positions around major hotels where delegates will stay.

Leaders of a defeated Islamist movement are boycotting the conference, demanding that talks be held outside Somalia and only after Ethiopia withdraws its troops.

Although organisers have not released a formal agenda, analysts said the meeting would involve political deals, truce talks and discussions about dividing power among four main clans and a smaller minority.

It is also expected to pit influential and respected clan elders against government officials and newly-minted power brokers who have taken charge in decision-making in the Somali political landscape, they said.


AFP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2007, 10:06
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