Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Sound AU alarm on destabilisation of Somaliland
JOHANNESBOURG, 11 Nov. 2003--SUDANESE Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael has warned that the nation's peace process will fail "unless it is viewed within the context of a comprehensive regional framework".

He was speaking at the 10th Ordinary Intergovernmental Authority on Development summit in Kampala, Uganda, apparently referring to stalemated thorny issues such as the Somali peace process and Ethiopia-Eritrea border tensions.

As if to highlight the broader geopolitical stakes bearing down on northeast Africa, there are the ominous implications of the recent murders of two British nationals outside Hargeisa, the capital of normally peaceful Somali- land, the diplomatically unrecognised northern Somali republic.