|The Somaliland Times|
|ISSUE 40 October 26, 2002||
Warring Somalia Factions Move to Restore Peace
Stratfor Strategic Forecasting
The East African Standard (Nairobi) October 24, 2002
William Faria And Barnabas Bii
Leaders of the Somali warring factions yesterday took a significant step towards reconciliation and bringing back democracy in their country.
"If the peace agreement is sealed, there is hope of rebuilding the war-divided Horn of Africa state," said Kenya's Special Envoy to Somalia, Mr Elijah Mwangale. The leaders who are attending the Somali Peace talks in Eldoret are optimistic of ending the 11-year conflict.
Mwangale told journalists yesterday that the faction leaders have resolved to bury their differences and work to form a national government.
Somalia is likely to return to civilian rule soon after the warlords sign a peace agreement to end the conflict ," said Mwangale.
This is the first time the Somalia warlords have attended a peace conference.
The Eldoret meet, which is the final round, have brought the main warring rivals together in an unusual bid to make truce.
More than 400 delegates including leaders of various warring factions are attending the Eldoret reconciliation talks organised by Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) and attended by officials from the United Nations, European Union and the Arab League among other observers.
Mwangale said he has been holding consultations with the warlords and the delegates and there were indications that they may sign a peace agreement.
Among the main faction leaders attending the talks are Gen Mohammed Said Morgan, Hussein Aideed, the former President of Puntland, Mr Jama Ali Jama, Mohammed Dhere, Barre Aden Shire and Hassan Mohammmed Nur.