International Somalia Conference starts in Turkey

Istanbul to host International Somalia Conference between May 21-23 in Istanbul

International Somalia Conference starts in Turkey


The Somalia Conference organised within the scope of the Djibouti Peace Process under the auspices of UN begin Friday in Istanbul.

Representatives of 55 countries, and 12 international organizations were invited to the conference which will be held with the participation of high level officials including UN SG Ban Ki-Moon.

The conference, which will begin tomorrow with a preparatory meeting of senior officials of participating countries and international organizations, will run until May 23.

On the second day of the conference, political and security related issues will be discussed while on the closing day of the conference the reconstruction and development of Somalia will be discussed with the participation of businessmen and investors.

A press release issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the 2008 Djibouti Peace Agreement and the Djibouti Peace Process which followed it will be discussed with equal emphasis on "security", "political cooperation, reconstruction and development".

The statement said Turkey attached great importance to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and stability of Somalia with which it maintained close ties since the Ottoman era.

"The immediate establishment of stability in Somalia bears great importance for security of the region and global peace. Turkey supports efforts that serve this goal as well as the Somalia's Interim Federal Government's 'open door' policy towards all opposition groups. Turkey will continue to do its part in overcoming the crisis in Somalia and building of peace and stability in this country," said the Ministry.

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