warlord Ali Mahdi Mohamed said Saturday he supported Djibouti's
President Ismail Omar Guelleh's peace initiatives for Somalia,
but considered next week's reconciliation conference unrealistic.
the call for peace in Somalia by Guelleh, but the emphasis
on the ideals of personalities that are not in touch with
the realities of Somalia would hamper the whole peace process,"
Ali Mahi told AFP.
that the plan to hold the conference in Djibouti on April
20 to elect a parliament was a "premature move that requires
Guelleh's peace plan, the proposed parliament would elect
a president to run the country for an interim two-year period
before elections were held.
urged warring factions in Somalia that rejected the Djibouti
call for the reconciliation conference to air their grievances
in a constructive way to the Djibouti government and then
join the peace effort.
came as a delegation from Djibouti, led by presidential advisor
Osman Ahmed Yousuf, was in the Somali capital for talks with
clan leaders on the peace proposals.
said he had urged faction leader Hussein Mohamed Aidid to
endorse the Djibouti plan which is aimed at paving the way
for a central government in the country.
is opposed to the plan, despite it having considerable support
inside Somalia and from the outside world, on the grounds
that it interferes with the country's internal affairs.
plunged into anarchy and has been without a central authority
since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled in 1991.