Tuesday, June 17, 2008

opposition to meet world community members in Kenya

Several members of Somali Reliberation of Somalia opposition group are expected to hold crucial meeting with officials from world community in Kenyan capital Nairobi Tuesday officials said.
The outline of the assembly was reported to plead their case to the world community over the outcomes of the Djibouti peace talks they signed truce agreement with the transitional government. Sources close to the ARS’s senior officials in Kenya say that the leading officials including the chairman of the alliance Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and the chairman of the central committee will put forward the world community officials to support the truce accord signed in Djibouti.
Elsewhere Somali prime minister Nor Hassan Husein Nor adde is in Nairobi as some reports say that the premier will separately meet with the members from the world community to give details about their truce agreement with the opposition groups. The two sides of the government and the ARS agreed on the termination of all acts of armed confrontations to come into force 30 days from the signing of the agreement for an initial period of 90 days, renewable.The main opposition demand has been that Ethiopian soldiers helping the government fight Islamist rebels quit Somali soil.The deal also planned for Ethiopian forces to leave within 120 days, but that their withdrawal was conditional on "sufficient" U.N. troops being deployed before that.A six-week peace conference in the capital Mogadishu last year produced various pacts but had no visible impact on an Iraq-style insurgency of roadside bombings, ambushes and assassinations. A contingent of 2,200 African peacekeepers has made little headway stemming the conflict and the United Nations is reluctant to intervene until security improves.
Hopes had dimmed at the Djibouti talks after members of the opposition rubbished other opposition figures who took part. For days, the delegations also refused to meet face-to-face to discuss ways of ending 18 years of conflict, and only met directly at Monday's signing.
The violence in Somalia has triggered a humanitarian crisis that aid workers say may be the worst in Africa, with at least a million refugees in a nation torn by constant civil conflict since the 1991 toppling of a military dictator by warlords. Both sides are due to meet again in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late next month

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