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ISSUE 53 January 25, 2003

Somalia Peace Talks Mediator Denies BBC Report

FRONT PAGE
SPECIAL

A Critical Study of IRIN Reporting: The Case of Somaliland

FEATURE

Dismissing A. Yusuf as Irrelevant, UCID Chairman Says Party Will Seek Talks With Hawiye and Rahanweyn Leaders on Somaliland and Somalia

Classes To Start At SOS Sheikh Secondary

Somalia Peace Talks Mediator Denies BBC Report

Musyoka: Somalia Crisis a Burden to Kenya

New Mediator Promises More Transparency At Peace Talks

Somalia Talks Are Stormy, but They Still Inch Ahead

ARTS & CULTURE

"I am Swinging This Flower To You" Part IV

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

US General: Iraq War Won't Hurt Horn of Africa Anti-Terror Effort

Appointment Of UN Special Adviser Extended

Man Claims Spirits Told Him To Hit His Son

RESPONSE

Dr. Tani Responds To Raqiya Omaar

EDITORIAL & OPINION

Faysal’s Creative Ideas and Legitimate Concerns

A State In The Making

Will The Federal Ethiopia Fail Somali Zone?

LETTERS
Rakiya, Where is The Justice for the 1990s?
Silanyo Is Our Hope

Nairobi (SL Times): A last evening news report by the BBC Somali section’s Hassan Barisle that in effect said the Eldoret conference passed a resolution demanding the participation of Somaliland in the talks, has been denied by the Kenyan mediator of the peace process, Mr. Bethwel Kiplagat.

According to a statement by a Somaliland foreign ministry spokesman last night, Mr. Kiplagat has dismissed the contents of the news report as baseless.

The government and people of the Republic of Somaliland have constantly maintained that they had nothing to do with the talks since their country was an independent sovereign state. However delegates of warlord Abdillahi Yusuf attending the conference have been claiming during the last few days that IGAD has agreed to bring Somaliland into the Eldoret process.

Majerteniya’s warlord Abdillahi Yusuf was quoted by IRIN as saying if the Administration in Somaliland refuses to participate then the people should be invited.

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