Politicians in the tiny Red Sea republic of Djibouti will dip into
their own pockets to fund a new peace initiative for neighboring
wartorn Somalia, a government minister said on Sunday.
minister Mohamed Ali Mohamed, who is secretary of the ruling People's
Rally for Progress, said on Sunday that government ministers would
contribute $112 a month, and members of parliament $56 to a Solidarity
Fund for Somalia.
He called on
other Djiboutians to support the fund, which aims to weaken the
power of Somalia's warlords and find compromises between rival clans.
"We call for
a Somalia peace conference to be held in Djibouti later this year,"
he told a public meeting in the former French colony.
Ismail Omar Guelleh, who took office last year, launched the peace
move for Somalia, which has had no central government since January
support from the president of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland,
Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, who visited Djibouti last week. Somaliland
-- which has not been recognized internationally -- covers the area
of the former British Somaliland, which joined the former Italian
Somalia in 1960 to form the independent Republic of Somalia.
itself independent in 1991 after Somalia President Mohammed Siad
Barre was overthrown and the country's central government collapsed.
bordering the Gulf of Aden, has its own central government based
in Hargeisa, the southern half of Somalia is divided between rival