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|Somali Peace Talks Set to Resume|
Nairobi, April 28, 2004 (The Nation) – The final phase of the Somali peace talks to install a new government by July 1 resume on Friday.
Kenya has been chairing the talks under the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development for the past two years. Some 203 delegates start arriving on Friday, ahead of the Igad foreign ministers meeting on May 6, according to a statement from the Foreign Affairs ministry.
Foreign Affairs minister Kalonzo Musyoka is asking the delegates to show more commitment to the process than they did during the first two phases.
It is the fourteenth time the talks are being held on Kenyan soil, this marks the third and final phase of the Somali National Reconciliation conference.
"Phase I and II have been successfully completed inspite of financial and logistical problems among other constraints," said Mr Musyoka in a statement.
Before a government is installed in early July, parliamentary representatives will be selected between May 22 and June 5 paving way for the election of the speaker of the Transitional Federal Assembly and the two deputies on June 9-10.
Delegates drawn from different clans and factions comprising political leaders, traditional leaders and constituent politicians will take part in the IGAD-brokered peace talks on Somalia.
Foreign Ministers from the IGAD member countries will attend the talks on May 6.
All political groups however, are required to iron out their differences that derailed the conclusion of the earlier phases.