recent interview with VOA, leader of the self-declared state
of Somaliland, Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, explained why he would
not be attending the Djibouti-hosted Somali peace talks.
the conference "has nothing to do with us because we don't
need to be reconciled with anyone. All these people (faction
leaders) Hussein Aideed, Ali Mahdi, they are our friends,
they come to Hargeisa.
them first, let them produce a central authority - some authority
that can speak for them - then our role comes. Then we'll
talk to them..." On the issue of a future union, Egal said
"it's possible to save the union if they are prepared to concede
what we think is going to be a fair and amicable union between
the end of the Djibouti-held talks scheduled to finish by
15 July, there have been attempts by international and regional
representatives to persuade Egal to attend the peace process.
who supported the boycott told IRIN "Somaliland people have
managed to elect leaders, open universities, and created harmonies
among clans" and called the Djibouti conference was "misguided".