Thursday, February 27, 2003

SOMALIA: Civil society warns against disrupting peace talks
NAIROBI, 27 FEB 2003--NAIROBI (IRIN)-- Civil society delegates at the Somali peace talks near Nairobi, Kenya, said on Thursday they would resist any attempts to disrupt the conference.

They expressed support for the regional IGAD leadership, which includes Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti, and said they saw no reason to raise doubts and conditions at this stage of the talks.

"We know, of course, that governments have interests but we believe they all want to see a friendly government in Somalia," civil society chairman Dr. Sharif Salah Mohamed Ali told a press conference. And he said people should not sit around criticising. He appealed to all groups, including the Transitional National Government (TNG), to participate.

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