Sunday, April 27, 2003

Somali Talks 'Will Succeed
NAIROBI, 28 APRIL 2003--Somalis from all walks of life are confident that the Somali National Reconciliation Conference currently going on in Mbagathi, Nairobi, will be successful.

Mr Farah Addow, a presidential candidate for the Transitional Federal Government said yesterday the Somali people and well-wishers from the region and the international community are looking forward to a successful culmination of the conference and the formation of an Interim Federal Government.

"The future Federal Government will be empowered by a charter to help the diverse institutions of the Government map out the projection of strategic policies and principles," said Addow.

This, he said, should cover security, stability, peace and solidarity; human rights, democracy and the rule of law; equiable sharing of resources and benefits; peaceful settlement of disputes with the neighbouring nations.

Others areas to be covered are utilisation of local, professional human resources; engagement of the private sector, the civil society and social organisations and involvement of the local and international NGOs.

Addow stressed the co-operation with regional and international public and private institutions, which the government will deal with and promoting meaningful inter-state diologue.

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