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Vol 44 No 22

Published 7th November 2003


Somalia

New hopes, new dangers

Politicians try to fill the expanding power vacuum as faction alliances collapse

Somalia's peace process is close to collapse, according to regional leaders meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on 25 October. After the signing of the ceasefire a year ago in Eldoret, current talks in Kenya on reconciliation and power-sharing were meant to lay the basis for the restoration of a national government. Instead, more than half the Somali factions (especially those that occupy, but can't administer, territory south of Mogadishu) have walked away from the talks in Kenya and formed a 'Somali National Salvation Council' (SNSC). Those who remain are mostly those allied to Ethiopia, the power behind the conference.

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