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     22.10.2002

Concerning the Settlement in Somalia

     2157-21-10-2002

     The Somali National Reconciliation Conference is continuing work in the Kenyan city of Eldoret. It is being attended by representatives of a number of principal territorial entities of Somalia, military-political groups, the intelligentsia and the clergy. The conference has been organized under the aegis of the sub-regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD; it includes Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea and Ethiopia) and its holding has received support from the UN, African Union, European Union and the Arab League.

     Complicated issues are being discussed relating to determining the causes of the long-standing Somali crisis, adopting a concept of national reconciliation, reaching an agreement on the cessation of hostilities and establishing conditions for obtaining effective foreign aid in the reconstruction of the country.

     Moscow is expressing the hope that the participants of the conference will adhere to constructive approaches, display the necessary will and be able to find a formula making it possible to overcome the protracted internecine strife and to get Somalia out of its deep political, socioeconomic and humanitarian crisis. The Somalis now have a good chance to lay the foundation for a return of their state and society onto the path of peace, reconciliation and sustainable development.


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