conference scheduled to convene Thursday to restore civil
rule in Somalia has been postponed to May 2, apparently because
of lack of sufficiently representative attendance.
by an official source asking not to be identified was made
after several dozen among 800 expected participants had already
on the eve of the opening was interpreted here as evidence
that the number of participants ready to attend was not representative
enough, and that preparations were running late.
from Djibouti were reported to be still touring Somalia Wednesday
trying to persuade regional leaders and faction chiefs to
attend the gathering at Arta, 30 kilometres (18 miles) south
reconciliation conference, sponsored by Djibouti President
Ismail Omar Guelleh, has the widespread support of the international
be the 13th attempt to get a Somali peace process underway
since the fall of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.