UN Security Council Supports Somalia Peace Conference
The UN Security Council said Thursday it "fully supports" the ongoing peace conference on Somalia, aimed at establishing a central government in that country.
The second phase of the conference opened June 15th in Arta, some thirty kilometers (19 miles) south of the city of Djibouti. It is expected to continue until July 15th.
The objective of the meeting is to re-establish a national parliament and a central government. Somalia has had neither of these since the overthrow of Siad Barre in 1991, following which the country was divided between various military leaders.
A peace plan drawn up Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh has received support from the international community, but was rejected by various Somali warlords because it emphasized negotiations with representatives of civil society rather than among clan leaders and their militias.
The Security Council urged "warlords and factions to desist from obstructing and undermining efforts to achieve peace." It expressed "its readiness to consider taking appropriate steps regarding leaders who engage in such activities." - UNITED NATIONS (AFP)
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