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Vol 45 No 16

Published 6th August 2004


Somalia

Parliament in sight

By squeezing the delegates, mediators hope to get a faction leaders' parliament

Somalia is about to be endowed with a parliament, say mediators at the reconciliation conference in Nairobi. They have been squeezing the delegates. In May, the foreign ministers of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, which oversees the conference, warned that the meeting would close at the end of July even if it hadn't chosen a government. Repeated statements that this is the last chance have been matched by repeated failures to meet deadlines.

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