in Djibouti has announced plans for a tax to fund a Somali reconciliation
conference, which is now expected to take place in Djibouti in early
approved plans yesterday to require cabinet members to contribute
around one-hundred-and-twenty dollars a month, and members of parliament
half that sum.
and the public will be asked for voluntary contributions. The industry
minister, Mohamed Ali Mohamed, told the BBC that Djiboutians would
be happy to contribute because of Somalia's help in the past --
an apparent reference to Somali support for Djibouti's struggle
to win independence from France.
launched a peace plan for Somalia at the United Nations in September;
it has since been endorsed by Somalia's neighbours and the UN Security