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  • Title: [SW News](XINHUA) Djiboutian Delegation Optimistic About Somali
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  • Date :[18 April 2000]

 

Djiboutian Delegation Optimistic About Somali ...

MOGADISHU (April 18) XINHUA - A top level Djiboutian delegation expressed
tangible optimism Tuesday for a broader participation by the Somalis in the
forthcoming reconciliation conference due to open in Djibouti on Thursday.
The delegation, which was here on an assessment tour, made the remarks after
five days of serious consultations with the various communities and groups in
Mogadishu.

More than a dozen traditional leaders from Mogadishu accompanied the
delegation on departure. The main traditional leaders of Ugas Abdulkadir Ugas
Hashi Ugas Fara-Addeh and Imam Mohamud Imam Omar are also expected to join
them in Djibouti in the next two days.

Speaking briefly to the press before his departure, Osman Ahmed Yussuf,
leader of the six-member delegation and advisor to Djiboutian President
Ismael Omar Ghelleh, commended the people of Mogadishu for their warm welcome
and acceptance of the Djibouti peace initiative.

"Mogadishu is a peaceful place which is contrary to what the people outside
believe," he said.

During its visit in Mogadishu, the delegation distributed invitations for
traditional leaders and their companions to give a specific quota for each
party.

Each of the clans, subclans and minority groups has asked for more people
from their side to be included in those invited for the conference, and to
some extent the delegation has convinced them all.

The delegation Monday met with the Abgal clan representatives dominating
North Mogadishu. In a launch party with the delegation, faction leaders Ali
Mahdi Mohamed and Hussein Hajji Bod accepted the offer of the delegation and
declared their readiness to attend the conference in Djibouti.

The delegation also met with faction leader Muse Sudi Yalahow in Medina
district Monday evening and he accepted his personal invitation to attend the
conference.

Although the delegation brought more invitation letters for the armed faction
leaders who earlier declared their opposition to the conference, they had no
any response to them.

"Those faction leaders were included in the list of those whom we wanted to
see," said the leader of the Djibouti delegation. "They may join their fellow
Somalis since they too are invited to attend the reconciliation conference in
Djibouti."

Meanwhile, the traditional leaders of Puntland issued a statement and sent it
to the government of Djibouti on Monday asking for a delegation to visit the
Northeastern regions to see everything for themselves and how the people of
Puntland support the Djibouti peace plan.

However, when a copy of this letter was given to the president of the
regional government Abdullahi Yussuf Ahmed, he was so angry that he issued
another statement prohibiting the Djiboutians from visiting Puntland.

All of Somalia's faction leaders except Ali Mahdi Mohamed immediately
forwarded their opposition to the Djibouti initiative ever since the peace
plan was announced late last year.

Among those are Mohamed Hajji Ibrahim Egal of Somaliland, Abdullahi Yussuf
Ahmed of Puntland and Hussein Mohamed Aidid, Mohamed Qanyareh Afrah and Osman
Ali Atto of Mogadishu.

However, despite all these oppositions, the popularity of the Djibouti
initiative has been increasing dramatically among the common Somalis, with
the faction leaders having been loosing their grounds and support day after
day.


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