Tuesday, March 25, 2003

SOMALIA: Peace talks have achieved little, civil society says
NAIROBI, 25 MARCH 2003 (IRIN) - The Somali peace talks currently underway in Kenya have achieved very few tangible results, members of Somali civil society said on Tuesday.

According to a statement, received by IRIN, the group listed a range of objectives it said had not been met. These included "peace and national reconciliation, agreement on a provisional charter and other core issues, as well as the establishment of a national government".

"The organisation of the process is poor and should it continue in this manner, very little can be expected," the statement warned.

The talks - which began last October - are being held under the auspices of the regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development's (IGAD) technical committee, made up of Somalia's neighbours or so-called frontline states - Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti. Read more

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