sessions of the latest conference aimed at restoring a government
to Somalia have been postponed for at least two days pending
informal talks, an organiser said Wednesday.
are going to determine the number of delegates attributed
to each clan," said Djibouti's foreign minister, Ali Abdi
is being held under the auspices of a peace plan drawn up
by Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
drawn mostly from Somalia's civil society, are also due to
elect a chairman and four vice-chairmen for the talks, aimed
at setting up a parliament in Somalia, which has lacked a
central government since the 1991 fall of president Mohammed
phase could last 10 days, according to the minister. Djibouti
has proposed that 650 Somali delegates drawn from the major
clans, take part in the conference.
in Arta, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Djibouti city,
is the 13th to attempt to resolve Somalia's crisis.