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  • Title: [SW News] (BBC) Somali civil society debates future in Bassasso
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  • Date :[] Monday, 24 January, 2000, 19:31 GMT

Monday, 24 January, 2000, 19:31 GMT
Somali civil society debates future

Human rights activists, writers, aid workers and other delegates from all regions of Somalia are meeting in the northern port city of Bossasso to discuss what role civil society can play in reshaping the country's future.

The meeting, the first of its kind, is a response to the latest peace plan for Somalia, which was announced at the United Nations in September by President Guelleh of Djibouti.

Unlike the previous twelve failed peace initiatives which tried to secure a deal among the Somali warlords, President Guelleh's plan is based on Somalia's fast emerging civil society. Somalia's last central government collapsed in 1991.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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