Somali, Ethiopian authorities in rapprochement

Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A senior official in Somalia's transitional national government (TNG) has stressed the need for Mogadishu and Addis Ababa to push for warmer and closer ties.
Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu, Deputy Prime Minister Osman Jama Ali just from a three-day visit to the Ethiopian capital, said it was in the interest of Ethiopia and Somalia to put behind past quarrels and embark on a new era of cooperation.
He averred that both the authorities in Addis Ababa and Mogadishu were against Somalia breaking up into pockets of Emirates, adding that Ethiopia was particularly interested in seeing a stable and united neighbour with whom it can pursue matters of mutual interests.
Jama Ali said there now was a clear desire in the two countries to maintain good neighbourliness, with Ethiopia tacitly endorsing the Arta peace process and the resolution of the 8th IGAD summit on Somalia held last November in Khartoum.
The deputy Prime Minister affirmed that Ethiopia renewed its commitment to continue facilitating the reconciliation process under the aegis of IGAD with a view to achieving, in the shortest possible time, peace, stability and national reconciliation in Somalia.
An Ethiopian delegation is expected in Mogadishu within the next two weeks, Jama Ali hinted, as both countries continue to explore for areas of cooperation.
Equally envisaged, he said, was the establishment of a joint commission that would oversee any problems that crop up in the future.

18 june 2001 15:01:00

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