ambassador to Somalia, Salah Halim, denied that Egypt had
persuaded faction-leader Hussein Mohamed Aideed to boycott
the Djibouti-hosted Somali peace talks.
interview published 23 July by 'Ayaamaha' newspaper, the ambassador
blamed the Djibouti delegation sent last week to persuade
Aideed, saying it should "find out why it failed to achieve
"strongly supports" the Djibouti initiative, and was ready
to provide "political and financial backing for the conference"
said the ambassador. In the interview, he rejected accusations
that he had influenced Aideeds' decision not to attend and
complained that the Djibouti delegation had refused a request
by Egypt to meet and discuss the conference.
convened the last round of failed Somali peace talks, in which
faction leaders pledged to organise a government.
newspapers also reported continued demonstrations in Mogadishu
and southern Somalia against the Egyptian ambassador.
demonstrations were held 24 July in Mogadishu, Kismayo, Bardera
and Sakow, reported 'Qaran' web site.