aimed at ending nearly a decade of civil war in Somalia have
resumed near Djibouti, following a 10-day break for informal
national reconciliation conference, which began on May 2 and
restarted Saturday, is intended as a first step towards reestablishing
a parliament and government structures in Somalia, which has
been without a central government since 1991.
delegates meeting in Arta, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south
of Djibouti city, are in the next few days to elect 650 representatives
for the future assembly.
will be charged with setting up the provisional parliament
and government, according to Djibouti's Foreign Minister Ali
Abdi Farah, speaking at the opening of the session.
called on members of the Issak clan, in the breakaway Republic
of Somaliland, to join in the peace talks.
ADI news agency meanwhile reported that members of Somalia's
warring Hawiye and Darod clans had agreed after two weeks
of talks to start moves towards reconciliation.
peace plan is the 13th such attempt to restore a semblance
of normality to Somalia.