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  • Title: [SW News] (AFP) Demonstration against Djibouti's peace proposal
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  • Date :[15 April 2000]

Demonstration against Djibouti's peace proposal

MOGADISHU, April 15 (AFP) - Hundreds of people took to the streets of Somalia's central town of Baidoa on Saturday to demonstrate against Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh's peace proposals for Somalia, witnesses said.

The demonstrators marched through the main roads of Baidoa, 250 kilometres (156 miles) west of Mogadishu, chanting slogans accusing Gueleh's plan of being irrelevant to the Digil-Mirfle clans dominating the Bay region.

Local authorities addressed the crowd and said that Guelleh's plan to pacify Somalia had ignored the plight of the clans in Bay and Bakol regions by not mentioning their lands "occupied" by other clans.

"The people of Digil-Mirifle clans would first make sure that they regained their occupied lands from rivals," Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA) acting commander, Sheikh Aden Mohamed Madobe, told the demonstrators.

The Digil-mirifle clans, better known as the Rahanwein, occupy Bay and Bakol areas lying in large parts of southern Somalia's Lower and Middle Juba and Lower Shabelle regions

The demonstration, organised by RRA faction's civil group, was aimed at discrediting a planned visit to Baidoa by a Djibouti government delegation, currently visiting the Somali capital for talks with factional leaders there over the proposed national reconciliation conference to be held in Djibouti on April 20. Some respected clan elders also attended the demonstration.

Bay regional governor Mohamed Aden Qalinle said the the demonstration was a message to the Djiboutian government on the extent of "people's discontent here with Guelleh's peace plan." On Saturday, faction leader Ali Mahdi Mohamed urged the Somali people to accept the Djibouti peace plan. Meanwhile, a Djibouti delegation visiting Somalia was refused entry into the self-declared Republic of Somaliland in northwest Somalia and ordered to return home on Friday soon after landing at Hargeisa airport.

The delegation was to discuss the peace plan with Somaliland leaders who, along with other major warlords in Somalia, have rejected it


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