Thursday, June 26, 2003

SOMALIA: Peace talks falter over proposals for parliament
NAIROBI, 25 June 2003 (IRIN) - The Somali peace talks, currently underway in Kenya, are in danger of collapse if a compromise solution is not found to the selection and number of future parliamentarians, a faction leader warned on Wednesday.

Speaking on behalf of the G8 alliance of factions, the influential Mogadishu-based faction leader, Muhammad Qanyare Afrah, told IRIN that certain groups - "with the tacit approval of some Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) technical committee members" - had proposed a 450-member parliament, with the 361 delegates to the peace conference forming the basis. The regional IGAD body is facilitating the talks. MORE

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