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.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2007, 10:06