Somali Leaders Agree to Reconciliation Conference

Published November 5th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Somali leaders meeting here have agreed to take part in a national reconciliation conference, Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi announced Monday. 

"Somali leaders assured me of their commitment to a broad-based national reconciliation conference," Moi told journalists after four days of talks between a delegation led by Somalia's interim President Abdulkassim Salat Hassan and armed factions who do not recognise his government. 

Moi said the date for the reconciliation conference will decided by Somalia's neighbours -- Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. 

The armed groups' delegation was lead by Mowlid Ma'an Mohamud, the secretary general of the Somali Restoration and Reconciliation Council, an umbrella body of the factions. 

Moi also announced the opening of Kenya's border with Somalia. He had announced the closure on July 28 and slapped a ban on cross-border trade, saying insecurity in Somalia was spilling into Kenya. 

He said he was grateful to the Somali leaders because they had "narrowed their differences". 

The Somali leaders adopted the agenda for the proposed reconciliation conference, according to a written statement issued at the news conference. 

The agenda will include clan-based power sharing, national disarmament, renounciation of violence as means of settling political differences and cooperating with the international community in the fight against terrorism. 

Other issues include the implementation of past resolutions on Somalia passed by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Organisation of African Unity and the United Nations. 

All Somali laws are to be reviewed "in accordance with requirement of the recociliation process". 

Salat leads the Transitional National Govermnent (TNG), which was created in Djibouti last year following reconciliation talks boycotted by the warlods. 

Somalia's main warlords are members of the SRRC, but only one of them -- Osman Hassan Ali "Atto" -- was attending the meeting in Nairobi -- NAIROBI, (AFP)  

 

 

© 2001 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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