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Vol 39 No 25

Published 18th December 1998


Somalia

No nation, new regions

New regional adminstrations and a police force haven't stopped the clan conflicts

A peace settlement still seems as far away as ever in Somalia, with no firm indication that any promised national reconciliation conference will take place in the foreseeable future. But decentralisation still isn’t really taking off. Puntland, the northeastern area in the point of the horn of Africa, is being courted by donors. However any chance of creating an administration in Jubaland in the south-west - west of the Juba river and intended to include Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Gedo - seems to have been lost in the continued rivalry of Marehan and Harti/Majerteen for control of Kismayo over the last few months. In the latest fighting, 11-12 December, the Majerteen militia of General Mohammed Said Hirsi ‘Morgan’ held onto the city, and onto the militia bases they captured two years ago, against heavy attacks by Gen. Ahmed Warsame’s Marehan militia: both sides suffered dozens of casualties.

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