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Vol 48 No 13

Published 22nd June 2007


Unlikely meeting of minds

President Abdullahi's government makes some progress but it still isn't trusted

Despite widespread scepticism, a Somali National Reconciliation Congress is now due in Mogadishu on 16 July. It offers to reconcile the clans without which no national political reconciliation is possible, to produce a road map for the elections due in 2009 and to move towards a new government and constitution. For this Somali solution to Somali problems, the Congress must be left to its own devices, not manipulated as was the conference in Kenya in 2002-04, with varying results, by the European Union, United States, Britain and Ethiopia. The EU is already trying to influence the upcoming Congress.

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