in talks aimed at restoring a central administration to Somalia
was countered Thursday when three key warlords said they would
not lift their boycott of the conference.
the adoption by delegates of detailed plans for a parliament
and president had generated optimism for this 13th attempt
to end a decade of anarchy in Somalia, the decision by warlord
Hussein Mohamed Aidid not to attend the talks will come as
a blow, especially since he had been expected in Djibouti
who controls parts of south Mogadishu and areas in central
Somalia, felt that conditions for his attendance had not been
met, one of his aides, Abulatif Afdbub, told AFP in Nairobi.
who on Tuesday had announced that "Aidid has reviewed his
stand on the conference and decided to attend it," explained
Thursday that the warlord had insisted on attending the Djibouti
meeting not as a private individual but as the leader of the
Somali National Alliance faction and that 100 members of this
group be allowed to take part as well.