19 May 2007 04:26

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BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS: ERITREA: PRESIDENT ISAYAS SAYS EFFORT NEEDED FOR GENUINE PEACE IN SOMALIA
100% match; BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom ; 27-Aug-2000 12:00:00 am ; 197 words

Text of report by Eritrean radio on 27th August

President Isayas Afewerki this afternoon returned to Asmara after attending the inaugural ceremony in Djibouti of the newly-elected Somali president, Abd-al-Qasim Salad Hasan.

Shortly after his arrival in Asmara, President Isayas told the Eritrean News Agency that the main aim of the transitional government in Somalia was to normalize Somalia as a nation. He reiterated that although the stage which had now been reached was a step forward, all heads of state shared the view that concerted efforts should continue to ensure the participation of all Somalis in order to find a lasting solution.

President Isayas said the Somali people had stood by the Eritrean people during their protracted struggle [for independence], adding that no Eritrean was untouched by the crisis in Somalia. He noted that the strategical adversity in the Horn of Africa caused by the crisis in Somalia could not be taken lightly.

In this regard, he said, Eritrea had been contributing everything it could to bring about peace and stability in Somalia, adding that Eritrea would continue endeavouring until a lasting and genuine peace prevailed in Somalia.

Local Government Minister Muhammad Sherifo received President Isayas on arrival in Asmara.

Source: Voice of the Broad Masses of Eritrea, Asmara, in Tigrinya 1700 gmt 27 Aug 00

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BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS: ETHIOPIA: PRIME MINISTER MELES ATTENDING SOMALI PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION
100% match; BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom ; 27-Aug-2000 12:00:00 am ; 134 words

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi left here on Sunday [27th August] for Djibouti to attend the inaugural ceremony of the newly-appointed Somali president, Abd-al-Qasim Salad [Hasan]. Somalia's parliament on Saturday [26th August] elected veteran politician Salad Hasan as president in the country's first [parliament] sinceSomalia collapsed into anarchy nine years ago.

According to the Ethiopian News Agency, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Ethiopian government had exerted maximum efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, including Somalia, during the last nine years.

The spokesperson said the establishment of a transitional government in Somalia helps bring about a sustainable peace in that country, adding [that] the participation of other political forces in the formation of the government was vital for achieving a lasting peace in Somalia...

[Passage omitted: background of the new Somali president].S

Source: Radio Ethiopia external service, Addis Ababa, in English 1630 gmt 27 Aug 00

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  • NAIROBI, Kenya (August 27, 2000 8:22 a.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com) - Somalia's newly-elected President Abdulkassim Salat Hassan promised to "serve all the Somali people" as he was sworn in Sunday to lead the deeply-divided country, Djibouti television said.

    Salat, 58, a former interior minister under the late dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, was elected early Saturday by a transitional parliament sitting in the resort town of Arta, some 20 miles outside Djibouti.

    A member of the Hawiye clan, he is the country's first president in almost a decade. The east African country has been ruled by rival warlords since the 1991 overthrow of Mohamed Siad Barre.

    His election is one of the key stages of a Djibouti-sponsored reconciliation process, begun with the inauguration of the transitional parliament earlier this month.

    "I will serve all the Somali people according to my ability," Salat promised, in a high-profile ceremony attended by several foreign leaders including Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and presidents Omar al-Beshir of Sudan, Ali Abdallah Saleh of Yemen and Issaias Afeworki of Eritrea.

    Three warlords in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday denounced Salat's election and vowed to fight him.

    Salat promised to talk with regions which had not taken part in the peace and reconciliation process.

    "I will respect the territorial integrity of Somalia and I will talk to the regions that are currently in peace but did not join the Somali peace initiative," he said.

    Two self-declared republics inside Somalia, Somaliland in the northwest and Puntland in the northeast refused to take part in the peace talks, with the Somaliland parliament saying it was "treasonable" to attend the conference.

    France was represented at the ceremony by Cooperation Minister Charles Josselin, Italy by foreign ministry official Maurizio Melani and Egypt and Kenya by their deputy foreign ministers.

    China and the United States sent ambassadors.

    Salat, who between 1973 and 1990 was successively minister of industry, trade, labor, information and the interior, is now expected to name a new government.

    The government will first sit in the Somali town of Baidoa, until security improves in Mogadishu, which is divided up between rival militia groups.


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