level Djiboutian delegation expressed tangible optimism Tuesday
for a broader participation by the Somalis in the forthcoming
reconciliation conference due to open in Djibouti on Thursday.
which was here on an assessment tour, made the remarks after
five days of serious consultations with the various communities
and groups in Mogadishu. More than a dozen traditional leaders
from Mogadishu accompanied the delegation on departure.
traditional leaders of Ugas Abdulkadir Ugas Hashi Ugas Fara-Addeh
and Imam Mohamud Imam Omar are also expected to join them
in Djibouti in the next two days.
Speaking briefly to the
press before his departure, Osman Ahmed Yussuf, leader of
the six-member delegation and advisor to Djiboutian President
Ismael Omar Ghelleh, commended the people of Mogadishu for
their warm welcome and acceptance of the Djibouti peace initiative.
is a peaceful place which is contrary to what the people outside
believe," he said. During its visit in Mogadishu, the delegation
distributed invitations for traditional leaders and their
companions to give a specific quota for each party.
the clans, subclans and minority groups has asked for more
people from their side to be included in those invited for
the conference, and to some extent the delegation has convinced
Monday met with the Abgal clan representatives dominating
launch party with the delegation, faction leaders Ali Mahdi
Mohamed and Hussein Hajji Bod accepted the offer of the delegation
and declared their readiness to attend the conference in Djibouti.
also met with faction leader Muse Sudi Yalahow in Medina district
Monday evening and he accepted his personal invitation to
attend the conference.
the delegation brought more invitation letters for the armed
faction leaders who earlier declared their opposition to the
conference, they had no any response to them.
faction leaders were included in the list of those whom we