Thursday, September 11, 2003

SOMALIA: Peace talks expected to resumeNAIROBI, 11 Sep 2003 (IRIN) - The Somali national reconciliation conference is expected to reconvene this weekend in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, after a three-week hiatus, a member of its organizing committee told IRIN.

The talks were adjourned after the reading of a draft charter - an interim constitution - "so that Somali legal experts and a Kenyan constitutional lawyer could harmonise the different views "and come up with a clean document," said James Kiboi of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) technical committee which is steering the talks.More

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

SOMALIA: Leaders discuss peace process
NAIROBI, 10 Sep 2003 (IRIN) - The president of Somalia's Transitional National Government (TNG), Abdiqassim Salad Hassan, and four prominent faction leaders met on Tuesday in Mogadishu to discuss the Somali peace talks currently underway in Kenya, one of the leaders told IRIN on Wednesday.

The meeting brought together Abdiqassim, the leader of the Juba Valley Alliance, Col Bare Hiirale, Mogadishu-based faction leaders Muse Sudi Yalahow and Usman Hasan Ato, and Muhammad Ibrahim Habsade of the Rahanweyn Resistance Army (RRA). MORE