ISTANBUL, May 22, 2010 – High level officials are meeting in Istanbul
for an international conference focusing on restoring order in Somalia —
gripped by anarchy and political turmoil.
The officials held a preliminary session Friday to lay the ground for
Saturday's main conference which will be attended by U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik
Somalia has been mired in anarchy since 1991, allowing piracy to
flourish off its shores. Ahmed on Thursday reversed his decision to fire
the country's prime minister amid divisions over how to combat Islamic
insurgents allegedly linked to al-Qaida, saying there is need for unity.
The conference is co-hosted by the United Nations and Turkey, which is
keen to expand relations with African nations.
Source: AP, Friday, May 21, 2010