delegation, led by deputy parliament speaker Idris Farah Harbi,
arrived in Somalia's northeastern regional state of "Puntland"
on Tuesday to discuss Thursday's planned Somali peace conference
initiated by President Ismail Omar Guelleh, elders said.
was invited by traditional elders from the area, but the government
of Puntland, led by Colonel Abdullahi Yousuf Ahmed, has ordered
his security forces to stop movement of people to and from
delegation was barred from entering neighbouring Somaliland
in northwest Somalia on Friday, prompting Djibouti to also
expel Somaliland's representative from Djibouti.
which broke away from the rest of Somalia in May 1991, five
months after dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled, maintains
that it is now a separate entity, although it has yet to be
recognised by the international community