Tuesday, March 18, 2003

SOMALIA: Talks to start on provisional government
NAIROBI, 18 MARCJ 2003 (IRIN) - The Kenyan chairman of the Somali peace talks, Bethwel Kiplagat, said on Tuesday the conference would soon start work on setting up a provisional, broad-based federal government for Somalia, but appealed for guidance on how this should be done.

"The process is very, very important," he told a special session of the conference. "The process by itself could actually jeopardise what we have achieved up to now, if it is the wrong process. I would like all of us to think much more creatively and very intensively about how best to avoid the mistakes that have been made in the past."

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