- 2007 Somali National Reconciliation Conference
The 2007 Somali National Reconciliation Conference was held from
15 July 2007until 30 August 2007[http://allafrica.com/stories/200708290891.html] in Mogadishu; it was announced on 1 March 2007by Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the President of the Transitional Federal Government(TFG). [http://somalinet.com/news/world/Somalia/8052] [http://allafrica.com/stories/200703030187.html]
More than 3,000 people from all of Somalia's regions and clans as well as from the
Somali diasporaparticipated. [http://english.people.com.cn/200703/19/eng20070319_359027.html] The United Stateshad announced their support for the conference. [http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-03/22/content_5878995.htm] Moderate islamists in exile in Eritreahad also been invited, [http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/6214470.html] but had refused to attend.
It was originally planned to be held from
16 Apriluntil mid-June, but was postponed thrice, first to 15 May 2007, [http://english.people.com.cn/200704/12/eng20070412_365714.html] then to 14 June 2007[http://english.people.com.cn/200704/19/eng20070419_367801.html] and finally to 15 July 2007. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6747999.stm]
When the conference finally opened on
15 July 2007, it immediately adjourned until 19 July 2007to allow for more delegates to arrive, since the moderate Islamists had not yet ended their boycott of the conference. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6899684.stm] The conference building was being attacked with mortars on that date, as well, and again on 17 July 2007. [http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/6217948.html]
The conference eventually opened for real on
19 July 2007; however, moderate islamists and Hawiyeclan elders still boycotted it, claiming that the venue were not neutral. Islamists have scheduled a conference in Asmarainstead.
There was an 11 point program to be discussed at the conference, including the holding of elections. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6905958.stm] According to commentators, little was achieved at the conference. [http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=74031]
2002 Somali Reconciliation Conference
* " [http://www.voanews.com/english/Africa/2007-07-19-voa7.cfm Diplomat Optimistic Somalia Conference Will Bring True Peace] " in Voice of America news, July 19, 2007.
* " [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/16/world/africa/16somalia.html?ex=1342238400&en=8bc792b02c384def&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss Somalia Reconciliation Conference Opens, but Soon Stalls] " in The New York Times, July 16, 2007.
* " [http://allafrica.com/stories/200707161100.html Somaliland Boycotts to Attend the Reconciliation Conference] " in allAfrica.com, July 15, 2007.
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