was encouraged by the news that the Somalia National Peace
Conference has moved into its second phase.
this development and hopes that it paves the way for substantive
talks among representatives of all sectors of Somali society
about the political future of their country.
hopes that it will lead to an agreement on the formation of
a transitional arrangement that would safeguard Somalia's
sovereignty and prepare the ground for a lasting settlement.
urges all Somalis to join and support the Djibouti peace initiative.
takes this opportunity to commend the tireless efforts of
President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti to help bring about
a political resolution to the Somalia conflict.
his support for the process and looks forward to a successful
conclusion of the deliberations in Djibouti.