Sunday, January 19, 2003

Somali peace process: Mwangale is replaced
NAIROBI, 19 JAN 2003 (East African Standard)--The government has appointed former ambassador Bethwell Kiplagat to replace Mr Elijah Mwangale as the special envoy to the Somalia peace and reconciliation process. Sources close to the peace talks said yesterday that the changes are meant to inject new momentum in the reconciliation process.The talks, currently under progress in Eldoret, have been engulfed by confusion over the modalities of participation and funding. Mwangale’s fate was sealed at a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) member countries held in Nairobi on Thursday. Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Minister Kalonzo Musyoka chaired the meeting. It was attended by a delegation from Ethiopia and the Igad Executive Secretary, Dr Ahmad Artalla.

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