Rotating Banner

Web Hosting
Main Page
Latest News
BBC Somali 1800

BBC Somali 1600

Topic of the week
Mogadishu Links
Somalia (60 - 69)
Somalia-Study
Somali Links
Chat Room

Djibouti Conference



M.M.Afrah's Books
  

0rder M. M. Afrah's book
THE SOMALI TRAGEDY
THE GANG RAPE OF A NATION. Mr. Afrah is a skillful writer and innovative storyteller. CLICK HERE FOR THE REVIEWS AND HOW TO ORDER THE BOOK.


Search BBC News

 


Previous News

Sep-Oct 2004 News
Aug 2004 News
July 2004 News
June 2004 News
May 2004 News
April 2004 News
Mar. 2004 News
Feb. 2004 News
Jan. 2004 News
Dec. 2003 News
Nov. 2003 News
Oct. 2003 News
Oct. 2003 News
Sep. 2003 News
Aug. 2003 News
July 2003 News
June 2003 News
May 2003 News
April 2003 News
March 2003 News
Feb 2003 News
Jan 2003 News
Dec 2002 News
Nov 2002 News
Oct 2002 News
Sep 2002 News
July 2002 News
May 2002 News
April 2002 News
March 2002 News
Feb. 2002 News
Jan 2002 News
Dec 2001 News
Nov 2001 News
Oct 2001 News
Sep 2001 News
Aug 2001 News
June 2001 News
July 2001 News
May 2001 News
April 2001 News
March 2001 News
Feb. 2001 News
Jan. 2001 News
Dec. News
Nov. News
Oct. News
Sept. News
August News
July News
June News
May News
April News
March News
February News
January News


Kenya: Somalia Talks to Cost Kenya Sh1.2 B, Says Kiplagat

 

Biketi Kikechi
Nairobi

Kenya will have spent Sh1.2 billion (US$16 million) in the Somalia peace process when final payments are made this week.

The country was left with a Sh446 million debt when the wrangling Somali clan leaders left Nairobi last year. The settlement makes about 60 per cent of the total bill of Sh1.9 billion that the Somalis incurred in the Inter-Governmental Authority and Development led peace initiative.

The rest of the money was contributed by other Igad member states and donor agencies. Ambassador Bethwel Kiplagat, who led the negotiations, said staff, hotels, hospitals and transporters will now be paid their money.

"The staff has not been paid since that time, but we are now happy that the money is available and they will be paid this week," said Kiplagat.

He was addressing a conference organised by Life and Peace Institute at All Africa Conference of Churches headquarters in Nairobi. Kenya agreed to host the Somali National Reconciliation Conference in September 2001, a process that ended in June 2005 when President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed left the country.

Only 300 delegates had been expected to attend the talks first held in Eldoret and relocated to Mbagathi in Nairobi, but over 1,000 people turned up.

There is still no stable government in Somalia despite the heavy cost Kenya incurred. Currently, the 275-member Somali Parliament is reportedly holding sessions in Baidoa, while President Yusuf resides in Jowhar.

Pledges not honoured

Kiplagat said lack of enough support from influential western countries such as USA and Britain.

"We did not get warm and strong support from the USA and they also changed their envoy six times while Britain said they would give their donation through the European Union," said Kiplagat.

He said those countries made some commitments that were never honoured while others took two to three years to meet their pledges.

Peace organisations, researchers and civil society involved in the Somali and Sudan peace process raised concern about the slow implementation.

The groups petitioned the Igad community to fasten the development of institutional structures to guarantee lasting peace. They said peace implementation had slackened because Igad had limited its activity after the signing of the peace agreements.

A statement released by Mr Tore Samuelsson and Rev Basil Buga Nyama said there was lack of implementation of the Sudan peace process. They said cited difficulties of re-entering Somalia after the government was established in Nairobi.

"There are difficulties regarding re-entering Somalia due to external and internal spoilers and insecurity," said the statement.

Addressing reporters at the same venue, they said Kenya should commit itself more to ensure there was everlasting peace in the region.

The participants also called for inclusion and more active roles of traditional leaders in negotiations.


Hosted and Developed By The Web Technology

Main Page | Latest News | Reuters News | A. Press News| Washington Post |Contact Us

Copyright 1999 banadir.com  All Rights Reserved

 


The Centre for Research & Dialogue (CRD)
-->